DMK asks UPA not to remain adamant on price hike

Building up pressure on UPA govt on the petrol price hike issue, its key partner DMK asked it not to remain adamant.

Updated: May 26, 2012, 21:50 PM IST

Chennai: Building up pressure on the UPA government on the petrol price hike issue, its key partner DMK on Saturday asked it not to remain adamant and to ensure at least a partial rollback of the steep increase.

"Those in the Central government should understand that people are agitated and (therefore) they should not remain adamant on their decision," DMK chief M Karunanidhi said.

In a letter to partymen asking them to ensure the success of the May 30 protest by DMK against the latest hike, he said he was pleading for at least a partial rollback in the capacity as a UPA constituent.

"As it is the duty of a welfare government, Centre should ensure at least a partial rollback and find a solution," he said as the UPA came under sharp attack from all quarters for Wednesday`s steepest hike of Rs 7.50 per litre.

Joining some other UPA allies like Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress who have opposed the hike, DMK has given a call for state-wide protest on May 30.

Referring to reports, the 88 year-old leader said petrol was being sold at lower rates in Pakistan and China and India should introspect "whether it is fair" to sell the fuel at Rs 78 (Chennai rates).

He asked the state government to lower the sales tax on petrol as his government had done previously.
He said Congress` allies, Trinamool Congress and Sharad Pawar`s NCP had also expressed displeasure with the Bengal Chief Minister herself announcing that she would lead a protest against the latest hike.