Congress defends, opposition slams diesel price hikeSeptember 13th, 2012 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) The Congress Thursday defended the government’s decision to hike the price of diesel by Rs.5 a litre, while the opposition parties including the BJP and Left slammed the move as “unjustified” and “anti-people”.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told a television channel that the party was “solidly” behind Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government.
He said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had taken several decisions that were beneficial to the common man, during its over seven years in power.
“And sometimes, a good government may have to take unpleasant decisions too,” he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) jumped on this opportunity to attack the government, saying the decision to hike the diesel price would have “cascading effect” of cost of essential commodities, resulting in further inflation and price hike.
“The burden will only shift to the common man,” said BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters here.
The BJP, Ananth Kumar said, strongly opposed the decision and condemned it.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat, in her reaction to the government decision, said it would only “further burden the people’s pocket”.
“This is the message that the UPA government wants to send across to the common man,” Karat said, slamming the government’s claim that the oil companies had poor recoveries.
“I don’t agree with the oil companies’ under-recoveries theory. Their balance sheets do not reflect that,” she said.
Communist Party of India (CPI) MP D. Raja said his party “strongly condemned” the decision and called it a “huge blow” to the poor.
“This decision will have a long-standing effect on prices of commodities,” he said.
Attacking the UPA government, Raja said it had “failed to control the prices and inflation” and the decision was “unjustified.”
“I only hope the people come out on to the streets against the government and its decision,” he added.
- Diesel price hiked by Rs 5, opposition slams 'anti-people' move (Roundup) - Sep 14, 2012
- BJP protests fuel price hike in Delhi, demands rollback (Lead) - Jun 25, 2011
- Allies join opposition in condemning petrol price hike (Second Lead) - May 24, 2012
- Opposition slams government over petrol price hike - Sep 15, 2011
- Left parties slam fuel price hike, threaten stir - Jun 24, 2011
- Allies join opposition, slam sharp petrol price hike (Lead) - May 23, 2012
- Karat attacks UPA on food inflation, petroleum price hike - Jan 16, 2011
- CPI-M threatens nation-wide protest against diesel price hike - Sep 14, 2012
- Protests across Andhra over diesel price hike - Sep 14, 2012
- BJP protests fuel price hike, demands rollback - Jun 25, 2011
- Protests across Andhra Pradesh against fuel price hike - Jun 25, 2011
- Diesel, kerosene and cooking gas price hiked; common man, opposition angry (Roundup) - Jun 25, 2011
- Shutdown in Tripura Monday over hiked fuel prices - Jun 25, 2011
- BJP, Left slam petrol price hike - May 14, 2011
- Roll back diesel hike, cooking gas cylinder cap, demands BJP - Sep 14, 2012
Tags: bjp, common man, communist party of india, communist party of india marxist, CPI, diesel price hike, digvijay singh, general secretary, government decision, manmohan, manmohan singh, oil companies, opposition parties, opposition slams, prime minister manmohan, prime minister manmohan singh, progressive alliance, raja, television channel, UPA