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Petroleum Minister’s Mention About Vizag As State’s Capital Triggers Row


The Centre’s response regarding fuel prices in the recently concluded parliament session has kicked up a new controversy in the state as he mentioned Visakhapatnam as State’s capital city.

Petroleum and natural gas minister, Hardeep Singh Puri had enclosed the list of all the states and their capital cities to give the break-up of state taxes on the fuels.

During this, his reference about AP’s capital city has led to a heated debate among rival political parties in the state.
Minister, Hardeep provided the prices of fuels in ‘AP capital’ Visakhapatnam along with the capital cities of other states in Lok Sabha.

As the issue triggered fire, Minister issued a clarification on Sunday. The ministry said, “In the annexure, the details given in the third column mentioning the cities was only in the sense of giving a reference city for the purpose of state levies and duty prevalent in the concerned state. The heading of column number 3 may please be read as “Capital City/Reference City”. It said the Lok Sabha secretariat was also informed about the amendment.

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