Leading his colleagues out after Speaker G Karthikeyan turned down the demand for an adjournment on the issue, Opposition Leader VS Achuthanandan accused the state government and Centre of colluding with petroleum companies to ‘plunder common man’.

Countering the Opposition charge, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the state was against frequent hike in subsidized LPG and sought suspension of direct subsidy transfer for another six months as only 57 percent of domestic consumers had achieved 'Aadhaar-linkage' of their bank accounts.

This demand had been directly conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the state the other day, he said.

Civil supplies Minister Anoop Jacob said the disruption in delivery of LPG to domestic consumers over confusion in price had been resolved and the supply had regained normalcy.

Meanwhile, former finance minister TM Thomas Isaac said the steep increase in non-subsidized LPG would hit common man also as hoteliers would be increasing price of eatables and autorickshaws running on LPG forced to hike fares.

Isaac said frequent hike being effected in LPG and petroleum prices was part of a ‘clandestine strategy’ of the Centre to take away the subsidy step by step. The state government was turning a blind eye to this move ignoring its adverse fallout on common man, he said.

The Opposition members also rose in protest and moved towards the well of the House for a while when the Civil Supplies Minister was replying to the notice.


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