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September 17, 2011

CM let Union I&B Minister know her displeasure on fuel price hike

CM let Union I&B Minister know her displeasure on fuel price hike

Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee expressed its displeasure over the proposed hike in petroleum price by the UPA government and told in clear terms that centre should consider the interest of common man who is already under much burden and another hike would mean to throw them out of gear. However, Ms. Banerjee said that it was the UPA government which took the decision to hike the price and did not even felt the need to have a dialogue with the Trinamool Congress which is the biggest ally of the UPA in the central government. `We were not even consulted or informed till Thursday afternoon when the news was conveyed to us by Trinamool Congress general secretary who took the matter seriously and wrote to the Union Finance Minister seeking an explanation`, said Ms. Banerjee.

On Thursday late afternoon the UPA government announced the hike in petroleum price hike scheduled on Friday and that the new prices will come into effect from . The issue raised serious uproar amongst the allies of UPA including the Trinamool Congress which is the largest ally in the centre. The issue was taken up with the concerned authority and it was due to intervention that the prices of the LPG did not escalate. `It is the initiative taken by us which refrained the UPA to abstain from increasing the LPG prices`, added Ms. Banerjee.

The Chief Minister had to put off her visit to Bangladesh displeased over the Center` anti Bengal views over the Teesta water sharing issue, seemed to in no mood to forget the past experience and this became evident when the Union Minister for I & B called upon her on Friday at the Writers’ Building. Ms. Banerjee

On Friday, she conveyed her displeasure directly to the Union Minister Ambika Soni who called upon the Chief Minister at her office in Writers’ Building. Ms. Soni assured the Chief Minister that she will convey her concern over the developmental issues of the state to the Prime Minister after reaching New Delhi.