New Delhi: The Government was on Wednesday slammed by friends and foes alike over the sharp increase in petrol price, with key UPA constituents Trinamool Congress and DMK terming it as "unjust" and demanding an immediate rollback.

BJP condemns petrol price hike seeks roll-back

BJP on Wednesday termed the steep hike in petrol price as "unreasonable" and warned of a political agitation while seeking its roll-back.

"We condemn the petrol price hike and seek its roll back. We will not allow it to happen. A strong democratic agitation is on the cards," BJP's spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He said general secretaries of the party will meet to chalk out a roadmap of the agitation against the petrol price hike.

"The gross mismanagement of food and general economy by the UPA regime has led to the decline of the Rupee.”

Another BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy charged the Congress-led UPA with being responsible for the hike targeted at hitting the common man. "BJP is not going to accept it lying low," Rudy said.

Prasad said "This whole petrol price hike is clearly unreasonable, arbitrary and will lead to further rise in prices. Life of the common man will become more difficult and miserable." He further added "will have a cascading effect and prices are going to go out of control. It is condemnable."

"The central government is all set to unleash a reign of economic terror across the country...," alleged Rudy.

He said "while Congress party is completely responsible, the alliance partners, whether it is TMC or NCP and all other parties supporting the government like BSP or SP, are equally responsible for allowing Congress to take such harsh anti-people decisions."

Left calls for nationwide protests

"It is a cruel blow on people who are already suffering from severe price rise. The Left parties have called upon all party units to immediately organise powerful protest actions," CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said.

His senior colleague Sitaram Yechury said the move was a "criminal additional burden" on people's livelihood.

Leaders of the CPI-M, CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc, who met here, also opposed the move, with CPI leader D Raja saying this was a "prelude to hike the prices of diesel and other petroleum products".

Observing that the hike had been effected "even before a day had passed after the Budget Session of Parliament ended", he said the government's move was "completely unethical and undemocratic. It shows how totally insensitive the Congress- led UPA government has become to the sufferings of the common people."

Price hike won’t rock UPA boat: Mamata

"It is unjust and unilateral. We think it is an easy option to burden the people. We cannot accept the price hike burden on the people," the Chief Minister told reporters here.

Banerjee, the chief of Trinamool Congress, the second major partner of UPA government, however, said her party would not topple the government like CPI (M) as it would create economic and political instability in the country.

Taking serious exception to Parliament being bypassed, she said "Parliament session ended only on Tuesday but why was it (price hike) announced on Wednesday?"

"We have not been consulted on the price hike nor on the prevailing economic situation in the country. Why was there no consultation?" she said.

Jaya, Badal demand rollback

"The hike of Rs 7.50 will affect the poor and the middle class. This is a gift given to the people by the UPA coalition government on its completion of three years in office," the AIADMK chief said in a statement.

"I urge the Centre to rollback the petrol hike immediately. Otherwise, the tears of the people will become a weapon that would cause the fall of the anti-people Congress coalition soon," she said.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal slammed the UPA government for the "totally unjustified" hike in the price of petrol and demanded its immediate roll back.

In a statement here, the Akali Dal said the hike would unleash fresh inflationary trends, jack up prices of all essential commodities and break the back of the common man.

Demanding immediate withdrawal of the "unbearable hike", he said the steep increase would retard the pace of economic growth.

Badal lamented that inflation had already touched double digit mark and was beyond the control of UPA government despite its tall claims to check it.

Price hike a gift from UPA on completing 3 yrs in power: SP

"We demand immediate roll back of petrol price hike. The decision is anti-people. UPA government has given this gift to the common man on completion of its three years' rule," SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said hours after the government announced a steep hike of Rs 7.5 a litre.

He said the party would protest the decision and raise its voice against the unreasonable hike.


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