Mumbai, Sept. 18 -- The Maharashtra government has opposed the proposal to bring petrol and diesel in the ambit of the goods and services tax (GST). The GST Council in its meeting on Friday discussed the proposal in order to bring down fuel prices.

Opposing the move, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who also handles the finance portfolio, said that the existing tax system should not be changed to maintain financial autonomy of the states that are already in financial trouble owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. He demanded that the Centre reduce its taxes imposed on fuel, which will help in providing relief to the citizens from inflation and price hikes.

Pawar was speaking to the media in Pune as he could not attend the GST Council meeting he...