Kolkata: Trinamool Congress, UPA
constituent at the Centre, on Sunday said it was not consulted
before a decision regarding the latest hike in petrol prices
was taken, even as CPI-M`s labour wing announced a three-hour
transport strike tomorrow.
"Our leader Mamata Banerjee met Union Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee last evening at the airport here, and even
there the decision on hiking prices was not communicated to
her," Trinamool MP Sudip Bandopadhyay told reporters here.
He said it would be better if such issues were
discussed among UPA members before such decisions were taken.
Saying that the price rise was a sensitive issue,
Trinamool Congress senior leader Partha Chatterjee said, "We
were not consulted before the hike was announced."
Chatterjee said statewide protest rallies and meetings
would be held on January 17 and 18 against the latest petrol
"We urge the Centre to roll back the petrol price hike
and control the prices of essentials," he said.
CPI-M`s trade union wing CITU also announced a
three-hour statewide transport strike from noon tomorrow to
protest against the petrol price rise. CITU would also hold a
protest meeting at Metro Channel at 1.00 pm tomorrow.