UPA in Mamata’s line of fire over petro price hike

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is reportedly upset over not consulted before a decision was taken by the UPA govt to hike petrol prices.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 09:54 AM IST

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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress, UPA constituent at the Centre, will on Monday hold statewide protest rallies and meetings to protest against the latest hike in petrol prices.

According to reports, Trinamool Congress leader and Union Railway Minister is reportedly upset
that she was not consulted before a decision regarding the latest hike in petrol prices was taken by the government.

Giving more information about his party’s decision to hold protest rallies, Trinamool MP Sudip Bandopadhyay told reporters yesterday, “The protests will continue on Jan 17 and Jan 18 since our party was not consulted before the hike in fuel prices were announced by the government.”

Meanwhile, CPI-M`s trade union wing CITU has also announced a three-hour statewide transport strike from noon today to protest against the petrol price rise.

Stressing that the price rise was a sensitive issue, Trinamool Congress senior leader Partha Chatterjee said, "We urge the Centre to roll back the petrol price hike and control the prices of essentials."

Indian Oil Corp, the nation`s largest fuel retailer, raised petrol prices by Rs 2.50 per litre and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) hiked rates by Rs 2.54 a litre. Bharat Petroleum Corp, the third state fuel retailer, raised the price by Rs 2.53 per litre.

The hike on Saturday was the second price rise in a month. Earlier on Dec 15, these state owned oil corporations had raised the price by Rs 2.94-2.96 per litre, the biggest hike in six months.