Members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the government over the issue saying that making the announcement (to increase fuel prices) outside the House, amounted to bypassing Parliament when it is still in session.
Though Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily made it clear that petrol pumps would not be shut down at night, the Opposition still criticized Moily over his earlier proposal to make petrol pumps non-operational during night to taper the fuel demand.
Accusing the government of declaring a war on common man and increasing the miseries of people, the parties demanded roll-back of the decision.
Moily has already clarified that the government has not made any such proposal and the idea of closing down petrol pumps for night hours had come from public.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Prashanta Chatterjee (CPI-M) said that it is unfortunate that petrol and diesel price hike was announced outside Parliament and demanded a rollback of the decision.
"This is the sixth increase in the price of petrol in last three months. Price of diesel is being increased 50 paisa per month. Unable to check fall in value of rupee, UPA government is resorting to hikes. Government is responsible for increasing the miseries of people," he said.
Noting that pricing of petrol was decontrolled by UPA government and ‘on diesel, they have taken a principle decision,’ Chatterjee demanded that the government should
scrap it immediately.
BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu rued that the government's ‘totally anti-people’ decision came without taking Parliament into confidence.
Derek O'Brien of Trinamool Congress said that the government has declared a war on common man and ridiculed Moily for his ‘ill-conceived and ill-thought’ idea to shut down petrol pumps at night.


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