New Delhi: Trinamool Congress, a key
constituent of the UPA government, on Friday demanded a roll back
of the hike in petrol prices as it would hit the common man
"Trinamool Congress wants roll back of the petrol price
hike," senior Trinamool Congress leader and Railway Minister
Dinesh Trivedi told reporters here, adding his party`s opinion
was never sought before implementing the decision.
Stating that the hike would put an additional burden on
the common man, Trivedi strongly opposed the possible hike in
"It is not a luxury but an essential for common man and
should not be raised further," he told reporters.
He said the hike was not "acceptable" to the common man
and he would have "definitely" stated this at the EGoM on LPG
which has been postponed
Asked how his party was going to protest the hike, he
said, "You cannot have a knee-jerk reaction. You can`t have
any undemocratic reaction. We have already registered our
He said party chief Mamata Banerjee "has already
registered her protest."
"Mamata Banerjee was the first one to do so. Even during
the last fuel hike Mamata was the first Chief Minister to roll
back the state levy," he said.
However, he stressed that the protest against the hike
would be done in a democratic fashion.
On possible hike in rail fares, Trivedi said, "We would
do what is right for the common people. Common man needs
relief not more burden. How we would do it, needs to be
He said constant demand by his party for a rollback in
prices of petroleum products earlier and now were not intended
at destabilising the government as Mamata Banerjee "is a very
"If somebody is looking for some kind of instability in
the government, let`s be categorical about it. There is no
problem as far as the stability of the government is concerned
because Mamata Banerjee is a very responsible leader. So do
not read too much into it."