Kozhikode: In the backdrop of the petrol price hike and the widespread demand for its rollback, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday said his government would soon take a decision on reducing its burden on the common man.
Chandy, who was in the city for various functions, told reporters that he would hold discussions with state Finance Minister K M Mani on reducing the impact of the hike on the people.
"I have not met the Finance Minister. I will discuss, wait for five more hours," he said.
On the violent protests that took place in the state on the petrol price hike issue, in which three government vehicles were torched, Chandy said, "In a democracy people have every right to protest. But nobody will be allowed to take law into their hands and resort to violence."
His government did not agree with such kinds of agitations, he said.
The petrol price hike saw protests across the state on Friday. Mani had said yesterday that the practice of increasing prices to compensate their losses should be re-examined. "It is not good for the country and also for the state," he said.
The Kerala Motor Workers Coordination Committee had given a call for a 12-hour 'motor strike' on September 19 to protest the hike.
First Published: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 12:54