Friends, foes alike attack petrol hike, PM defends decontrol
New Delhi: The UPA government came in for sharp criticism over the latest petrol price hike with ally Trinamool Congress joining the opposition in slamming the move. Even the ruling Congress-led Kerala assembly asked the centre to revoke decontrol of petroleum prices, and the Kerala High Court too frowned upon the frequent fuel price rise. Facing flak from all quarters, the government and oil firms defended the Rs.1.80 per litre hike, effective Friday, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ruled out rollback of decontrol of petroleum pricing mechanism.
Image:An activists of Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) shouts slogans during a rally organised in protest against the recent national petrol price increase in Kolkata on November 4, 2011.