Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 16 (PTI) Kerala will oppose the move to increase the tax on coconut oil as it will affect the interests of the people of the state, official sources said here on Thursday.

State Finance Minister K N Balagopal, who has already reached Lucknow to attend the GST council meeting commencing on Friday, will raise the matter in the meeting to be chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, they said.

The sources said that there was a move in the GST council to increase the tax of coconut oil from the present 5 per cent to 18 per cent.

According to them, a hike in the tax on coconut oil will pave the way for the rise in prices of coconut oil, which is the major edible oil item in Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Sources said Kerala will strongly oppose in the GST council its move to increase the tax of the coconut oil as it is against the interest of the people of the state.