Ahead of her party MPs' meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi on Tuesday over fuel price hike, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday 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. Our party MPs will meet the prime minister tomorrow, if he gives time, and express our grievances and listen to what he says," the West Bengal Chief Minister told PTI.
In a bid to put pressure on the government, Trinamool Congress, the second largest constituent of the United Progressive Alliance with 18 Lok Sabha and six Rajya Sabha MPs, held an emergency meeting of its parliamentary party last week after which Banerjee said the leaders favoured withdrawal of support but later she put on hold such a move.
"There is also talk of increasing diesel and LPG prices. Trinamool Congress is a pro-people party. Already people are overburdened with rising prices. We are not going to accept it," Mamata said.
Her party colleague and Union minister Sudip Bandyopadhyay said on Monday before leaving for Delhi that "after a talk with prime minister, we will return here (Kolkata) on November 9 and report to party chief Mamata Banerjee who will take the final call."
According to Bandopadhyay, Mamata had complained that despite her repeated pleas, there existed no co-ordination committee in UPA consisting of allies.