Mahila Congress opposes cooking gas price hike by govt



New Delhi: The Delhi government's decision to withdraw subsidy on LPG, leading to a hike of Rs 40 in cooking gas, has not gone well with the women's wing of the Congress party, which on Tuesday demanded a reversal of the decision.

"So much hike is not proper... We expect the Delhi government to take back the decision," President of the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) Prabha Thakur said here.

She said due to the increase in the price of cooking gas, women in the Capital are feeling the pinch and being a women, she (Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit) should reconsider the decision.

Thakur said such an increase in cooking gas price would tilt the balance of a family's budget. She said a delegation led by the Delhi unit President of the AIMC would meet Dikshit tomorrow to press for the demand.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi, however, sought to defend the hike saying when Delhi is going to have world class infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games, the "people would not grudge a minimal hike".

"No part of India has such infrastructure. It (the money) does not come from air," Singhvi said, adding the government required resources for building the infrastructure.

Without commenting on the decision, a senior Congress leader said, "Dikshit is wise enough to understand the implications of the decision. She must have taken it after due consideration".

PTI