Barely a month ago the Prime Minister even took Kerala by name and asked it to reduce the sales tax on petrol. It was a rare instance of public shaming of a state by a Prime Minister.
Apart from Kerala, similar discrepancies regarding petrol prices have been reported from states such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
The government on Saturday announced a record Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 per litre reduction on diesel.
K Surendran has urged the Kerala government to reduce fuel tax further by Rs 10.
Union Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman said the government has decided to slash excise duty on fuel.
Pinarayi said that a substantial chunk of the increase was made up of cesses and surcharges. These have now risen to 15% of the Centre's total tax receipts, the CM said.
In the last 12 days, price of petrol has increased by Rs 10.89 and diesel by Rs 10.25.
In the last 11 days, price of petrol has increased by Rs 10.02 and diesel by Rs 9.41.
In the last 10 days, price of petrol has increased by Rs 8.71 and diesel by Rs 8.42 respectively.
A litre of petrol costs 88 paisa more while diesel price rose 84 paisa/litre on Wednesday.