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BJP corners govt over Haj subsidy

December 15, 2004 19:35 IST

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday cornered the government on plans to phase out subsidy on kerosene and LPG while maintaing the same for Haj.

"We take strong objection to the government's plans to phase out subsidy on kerosene and cooking gas on the one hand and reverse the National Democratic Alliance government's decision not to give any Haj subsidy to Income Tax payees on the other," BJP parliamentary party spokesman V K Malhotra said in New Delhi.

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He said it was "very unfortunate" that the government felt that the subsidy on kerosene and LPG would benefit the rich while "the richest of the rich" were being provided Haj subsidy.

"Of the 178 countries in the world, no country gives Haj subsidy. No Muslim country provides subsidy. Several Parliamentary Committees had also opined that the Haj subsidy should be gradually phased out", he said.

He said the government's arguments against continuing subsidy on LPG and kerosene was "preposterous" as the maximum beneficiaries were slum dwellers and the middle class.

"Moreover, the oil companies have made a profit of over Rs 30,000 crores", he said.

Voicing concern over the government's proposed moratorium on minimum support price of wheat and rice for three years, he demanded that the MSP for wheat be hiked by Rs 30.

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Sub: BJP corners govt over Haj subsid

Very correct...but this government wants vote from one specific it doesnot matter for them what is the impact of this on country's economy...then just ...

Posted by kk

Sub: haj subsidery

Without questioning the motive of the party the demand is perfectly justified.Haj is a private religious affair and those who can perform it should do ...

Posted by bhupi

Sub: not again

these comments even though logical to economic aspect it will hurt the muslim sentiment very hard. after this incendent just forget abt getting big pie ...

Posted by khaja hameed

Sub: Well this is good one

You see Govt cann't afford to pay subscidies for farmers then how can they do this in the name of votebank/religeon. I think come into ...

Posted by Amar

Sub: BJP demand cut in subsidy

BJP should have done that when ther were in power. Why are they making hue & cry now ? They also gave false promise of ...

Posted by alex


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