Agartala: Tripura`s Left Front government Friday demanded immediate withdrawal of the hike in petrol prices while the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) organised vociferous demonstrations.
State-owned oil companies Thursday announced a hike of Rs.3.14 per litre in prices of petrol, effecting from midnight.
"The Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government and state sponsored oil companies have increased petrol prices 59 times in 10 years, or six times per year," Tripura`s Transport and Power Minister Manik Dey told reporters.
Demanding immediate withdrawal of the petrol price hike, Dey, also a senior leader of the CPI-M, said, "With the increase in petrol prices, the cost of all essentials and goods would automatically go up."
The minister said people are reeling under the heavy price-rise of essential items and the fuel price hike would further increase the burden on the common men.
The state committee of the CPI-M, the dominant party of the ruling Left Front, also organised huge protest demonstrations across the state Friday against price-rise.
"The UPA government can reduce customs and excise duty to balance the marginal price hike of petroleum products in the international market," said a CPI-M statement.
It said after decontrol of the petrol prices in June last year, the price of petrol has increased 10 times.