Shimla: Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday attacked the central government for a sharp hike in petrol prices, saying it would hit the common man.
"The unexpected hike in petrol prices is not justified at a time when the international prices of crude oil are falling," he said here.
Yechury was here to campaign for the party`s candidates for the Shimla Municipal Corporation elections slated for May 27.
Petrol prices have gone up by Rs.7.50 a litre.
The Left parties have condemned the petrol price hike as "a savage attack" on people and announced a nationwide protest on May 31.