Petrol price hike is 'unjust and unilateral', says Mamata
Sharply reacting to the steep hikecin petrol price, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her party would not accept it but said her party would not topple the United Progressive Alliance government on the issue.
"It is unjust and unilateral. We think it is an easy option to burden the people. We cannot accept the price hike burden on the people," the chief minister told reporters in Kolkata.
Banerjee, the chief of Trinamool Congress, the second major partner of UPA government, however, said her party would not topple the government like CPI(M) as it would create economic and political instability in the country.
Taking serious exception to Parliament being bypassed, she said "Parliament session ended only yesterday but why was it (price hike) announced today?"
She also said her party was not consulted.
"We have not been consulted on the price hike nor on the prevailing economic situation in the country. Why was there no consultation?" she said.
Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters