Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, pleaded with the federal government on Monday to reverse the raised goods and services tax (GST), saying that people need relief from the rising inflation.

The Delhi Chief Minister said that curd, lassi, wheat, rice, and other food goods are now subject to a GST, adding that “the British used to do the same.”

“People nowadays are angry about inflation. They (the Central Government) have put a GST on things like curd, lassi, wheat, and rice. The British formerly practiced this. We attempted to provide some respite from inflation to the people of Delhi, “Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, and AAP national convenor, addressed the people of Himachal Pradesh at a news conference on Monday.

“In Delhi, we gave out water, power, and medical care. All of this is possible because we have eradicated corruption. We didn’t raise any taxes. I beg the Central Government to reverse the higher GST. Make the AAP the ruling party in Himachal Pradesh, and we’ll offer you respite from inflation in exchange “Mr. Kejriwal declared.

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The AAP national convener said, “As AAP spreads throughout the nation, more issues will arise. It would help if you didn’t worry, however. We want you to establish a trustworthy administration in Himachal Pradesh. We ought to advance our nation and state.”

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Delhi BJP officials and supporters held a protest outside the AAP’s headquarters in protest of what they said were inconsistencies in how the Arvind Kejriwal administration had implemented its excise policy. Police allegedly interrupted the protestors’ march toward the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headquarters at DDU Marg after reportedly gathering in the national capital’s ITO neighborhood.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena recently suggested a CBI investigation against the Delhi Excise Policy 2021–22 due to suspected rule breaches and procedural errors. The excise minister “took and got implemented key choices in contravention of the legislative restrictions” and announced the Excise Policy that had “great financial repercussions,” according to the LG, which has discovered “substantive signs” of “financial quid pro quo” at the “highest political level.”