The new supporter-party of the Congress-led UPA coalition government had demanded a ban on export of petroleum products, asking if export of certain steel products, edible oils and non-basmati rice could be banned to strengthen domestic supplies to contain price rise why not ban export of petro products to achieve a similar objective.
The sources said the SP's demand was not under consideration of the government. Asked if EOU status of Reliance refinery could be withdrawn, they asked; "How you can single out one unit when the (EOU) policy pre-dates it?." If the government wanted to review the policy as such then it could be altogether a different thing.
Reliance's second refinery, coming up adjoining the existing one at Jamnagar, and likely to go on stream before the year-end, has been granted EOU status which gives several tax ememptions to all export units as per the existing policy of the government.
Reliance Industries' chairman Mukesh Ambani had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of such demands made by SP's general secretary Amar Singh. The SP leader has also demanded the government to levy windfall profit tax on petro refineries in view of the huge profits made by them in the wake of surge in prices of petroleum products.
Government spokesman had, however, denied any political motive behind the Ambani-PM meeting, saying it was a routine meeting by the PM with a corporate leader.