New Delhi: Union Minister for finance and corporate affairs Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference at National Media Center in New Delhi on Thursday, September 16, 2021. (Photo: Qamar Sibtain/IANS)
New Delhi: Union Minister for finance and corporate affairs Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference at National Media Center in New Delhi on Thursday, September 16, 2021. (Photo: Qamar Sibtain/IANS). Image Source: IANS News

Lucknow, Sep 17 : Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that a majority of state governments opposed the inclusion of petroleum products under the GST.

Addressing the media after the conclusion of the Council's 45th meeting -- and the first held in a physical format after start of the Covid-19 pandemic, she said that the issue was deliberated at the meeting, after it was added to the agenda at the last moment on the back of a Kerala High Court order.

Sitharaman said the Council members did not see find the current situation appropriate to bring petroleum products under the GST.

It was widely speculated that such a move might be initiated to lower the record high prices of petrol and diesel.

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