Kolkata/Chennai: Continuing to mount pressure on the fuel price hike issue, the Trinamool Congress leaders will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday even as another key ally, DMK, ruled out quitting the Government on it.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 pm on Tuesday in Delhi, Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien said. Both TMC and DMK have 18 MPs each in the Lok Sabha. NCP has already come out in support of the Government on the issue.

TMC chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has ruled out any compromise on the price hike issue, will not be part of the delegation of party MPs since she will remain in Kolkata for a meeting in Raj Bhavan where Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will discuss the financial situation in the state.

Upping the ante on the eve of the meeting, Banerjee said her party would not "compromise" on the price rise issue.

"We will not compromise on the price rise issue which is hitting the common man most. Our battle will go on...," said Banerjee.
In Chennai, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi said his party has always followed the "coalition dharma."

"We had expressed our views that the hike would cause great hardship to people... we will follow the coalition dharma as we have been doing all along," he told reporters.

Karunanidhi also declined to comment on the Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM criticism of the recent hike and her party's threat to pull out of the UPA government.

In Delhi, Law Minister Salman Khurshid hoped that a solution could be reached during the meeting of Trinamool MPs with the Prime Minister.

"We will make sure the alliance remains intact and in good health," he said on being asked about the Trinamool threat.

TMC is peeved that allies were not consulted over the latest price hike. Besides the 18 Lok Sabha MPs, it has six MPs in the Rajya Sabha.

"There is lack of coordination. We are not consulted on important issues. We are informed after the decision is taken like in the latest fuel price hike," Trinamool leader and Union Minister Sudip Bangyopadhyay said adding, "we will express grievances to the PM."

"No, we are not asking for a rollback. We are trying to represent the grievances of the common man. Prices of diesel and gas are going to increase, is what we are hearing," he said when asked whether the delegation will demand a rollback.

The Trinamool delegation will be led by senior leader Partho Chatterjee.

(Agencies)