Mamata `raises` petrol price issue at Cabinet meet

After having protested the recent hike in petrol prices, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is understood to have raised the issue again at the meeting of the Union Cabinet on Thursday and demanded a rollback.

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 21:58 PM IST

New Delhi: After having protested the recent
hike in petrol prices, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee is understood to have raised the issue again at the
meeting of the Union Cabinet on Thursday and demanded a rollback.
The Railway Minister, who shot off a letter to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh three days ago demanding a roll back
on the price hike, is understood to have raised the matter at
the meeting of the Cabinet here.

According to party sources, Banerjee in her letter had
said the common man should not be burdened with the price hike
which was meant to improve the financial position of oil PSUs.

Trinamool Congress, a key UPA constituent at the Centre,
had carried out protests against the Centre`s decision in
Kolkata earlier this week.

Its leaders had also contended that the party was not
consulted before a decision regarding the hike in petrol
prices was taken.
This was, however, disputed by former Petroleum Minister
Murli Deora who reportedly said that Banerjee knew of the
proposals to hike petrol prices several days ago.

PTI