Opposition,allies target govt over diesel price hike

The opposition parties as well as its allies slammed the Congress-led UPA government’s decision to hike diesel prices

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 14, 2012 1:08 am

The opposition parties as well as its allies slammed the Congress-led UPA government’s decision to hike diesel prices on Thursday. The Trinamool Congress and DMK,both UPA partners,and the Samajwadi Party which is supporting the government from outside said they were “opposed” to the decision. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has announced a protest march in Kolkata on Friday demanding a rollback of the move.

While the TMC sought to distance itself from the decision saying that it was not consulted,DMK and SP demanded a rollback.

Railway Minister and TMC leader Mukul Roy said: “We were not consulted about the hike. We oppose this move completely.” TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said the matter would be discussed at the highest level of the party for future course of action.

“It’s a bolt from the blue. We oppose the decision. It will affect the common man as the increase will have a cascading effect and prices of all essential commodities will go up. Commuters will face the brunt as fares of transport services will go up. It will create a highly volatile situation in the economy,” said DMK’s T R Baalu. “It should have been avoided. The government should take back the decision,” he added.

The SP came down heavily against the price hike.”The diesel price hike will fuel all-round inflation. Farmers are going to suffer. Worse,the regulation of LPG cylinders will compound the problems of ordinary households. The SP condemns the government’s decision and will oppose it. We demand the government to roll back its decision,” said party leader Ram Gopal Yadav.

Opposition BJP and the Left parties criticised the price hike saying it will worsen the high inflation situation in the country. “We strongly protest against the steep hike and condemn it. There is a fire against corruption raging across the country and the government has poured diesel over it. It will have a cascading effect on inflation and price rise. It will hit the common man,farmers and the labourers,” BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said.

“The UPA government has taken another anti-people step. It will burden the people and farmers who are suffering from huge increases in fertiliser prices. There is no way this can be accepted. The Congress-led government will have to face political consequences,” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat told The Indian Express.

“This is disastrous. It will further aggravate the slowdown of economy and result in increase in prices of essential goods and commodities. Bus fare will rise,lorry fare will increase and there will be all round aggravation of inflation. Common people will be worst hit. The hike is going to aggravate the economic crisis that has set in. We shall all protest together,” CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said.

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