Frequent petrol price hike not desirable: Mamata

A day after Trinamool Congress protested against petrol price hike by the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said frequent rise in the prices of the fuel was not desirable.

Updated: Sep 16, 2011, 18:10 PM IST

Kolkata: A day after Trinamool Congress
protested against petrol price hike and alleged that the party
was not consulted by the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Friday said frequent rise in the prices of the
fuel was not desirable.

"We don`t want another petrol price hike and we have
already conveyed our viewpoint to the Centre," Banerjee said.
Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat that
frequent petrol price hikes push up prices of essential
commodities and this has been conveyed to the Centre through
the party`s All-India general secretary Mukul Roy.

The chief minister said that her party did not rest
content with just making a protest, but gave relief to common
people in the past, whereas the CPI(M) never did anything for
them when there were past price hikes.

Banerjee was referring to the reduction of VAT on LPG by
Rs 16 per cylinder by her government in the previous instance
of petrol and LPG price hike.

Expressing opposition to LPG price hike, she said her
government had taken to streets and made surprise checks in
big retail markets.

PTI