Kolkata: Mounting further pressure on the Centre after threatening to withdraw support, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Union minister Sudip Bandyopadhyay has said the Central government without the consent of its second largest ally (TMC) has hiked the petrol price on several occasions. 

After Central Government hiking the petrol prices for the 11th time, the TMC decided to move out of the coalition. The TMC MPS have already apprised West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee of their decision and she has agreed upon the proposal. She had however, advised them to meet the Prime Minister.

TMC leaders will meet PM Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

TMC, with 18 members in the Lok Sabha is the largest ally of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and is peeved that allies were not consulted over the latest price hike. It has six MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

The delegation, which will convey the party's views to the PM will be led by senior leader Partho Chatterjee.

(JPN/ Bureau)