Though she did not deliver a speech at the rally taken out to protest the unprecedented hike in petrol price,West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday made it clear that her party will not spare the UPA for unilaterally taking such a crucial decision.
At the rally that originated from near Jadavpur police station and culminated at Hazra Crossing,Mamata picked up the microphone only to instruct party functionaries to take the agitation against petrol price hike down to the block and booth level from Sunday.
I will not deliver any speech,but I am instructing all party cadres to spearhead the movement on petrol price issue to every booth and block. Start organising agitation at the booths and block level from tomorrow,” Mamata said before leaving the venue.
Earlier,thousands of Trinamool workers,led by Mamata,took out a rally from the former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjees home turf Jadavpur. Bringing the evening hour traffic to standstill in the southern part of Kolkata,the rally travelled through Prince Anwar Shah Road,SP Mukherjee Road and finally ended at Hazra Crossing. Several state ministers including transport minister Madan Mitra,power minister Manish Gupta,housing minister Arup Biswas and urban development minister Firad Hakim walked in the rally.
Mamata has already ruled out any scope of discussion with the Centre on the petrol price hike issue.
Launching a scathing attack against the Centre,she had asked the UPA managers to explain why were the alliance partners kept in dark on such a vital issue and why such a decision was taken a day after the Parliament session was over.
That the issue will be used by the party politically was clear when Trinamool chief whip in the state Assembly Sovondeb Chattopadhyay said Mamata would never tolerate any move that would burden people further.
Sources in the party said the petrol price hike issue will be used to step up pressure on the UPA managers in general and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in particular.