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November 7, 2011

Ma, Mati, Manush Government serves an ultimatum to UPA against any further hike in petroleum product prices

Kolkata, November 8:  Members of Trinamool Parliamentary Team met the Prime Minister at his residence. The Team from Trinamool laid before the PM their grievances. Incidentally, Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O’ Brien took special permission to carry his iPad and mobile phone at the meeting. The minutes of the meeting was documented by Mr. O’ Brien.

The West Bengal Chief Minister and Chairperson of All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC), Ms Mamata Banerjee, served an ultimatum to the Congress-led UPA-II coalition at the Centre against any further hike in petroleum product prices. She, however, indicated that her party would not push for an immediate roll back of the Rs 1.80 a litre petrol price increase on November 3.

With 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool is the largest ally of UPA-II coalition. A delegation of party MPs coupled with senior State Minister, Mr Partha Chatterjee, today intimated the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, about Trinamool’s stand.

“If prices of petrol, diesel, LPG and other such petro-products for mass use are hiked any further, we will quit the Government,” Ms Banerjee said in an interview to a local news channel this evening while briefing the outcome of today’s meeting in Delhi.

 “We are not merely opposing a petrol price hike. We hear that a proposal for partial phase out of subsidy on LPG and decontrol of diesel prices are currently up for consideration of the Group of Ministers (GoM) in Delhi. And, this our greatest fear. We will not accept any such move,” she said.

 “As a responsible partner, we had been patient so far even in the face of unrelenting hike in price petro-products but no more,” she said.

In Kolkata, Ms Banerjee and her Finance Minister, Mr Amit Mitra, met the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, at the Governor House.

“We discussed issues related to financial condition of the State,” Ms Banerjee said.