Lucknow: Terming hike in petrol price as anti-people, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday demanded its immediate rollback.

In a statement, the BSP supremo said that the Centre had "hiked for the sixth time the petrol price this year which is a cruel joke on the people of the country".

This proves that Congress-led UPA government has nothing to do with the welfare of the people, the chief minister said.

She alleged that by allowing oil companies to fix price, government had made the life of people more difficult and demanded that the UPA government withdraw the hike.

 "The central government's decision to deregulate oil company has led to anarchy resulting in inflation," Mayawati alleged.