CPI criticises PM, demands reduction in fuel prices

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Lucknow, Nov 12 (UNI) Demanding an urgent slash in fuel prices, the CPI today charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with disrespecting Parliament by its decision to retain the oil prices despite a cut in the crude oil costs internationally.

Senior CPI leader Ashok Mishra, in a statement, said, ''the decision of the PM is not only a big hole in the pockets of the commonman, but also a disrespect shown towards Parliament.'' The crude oil is cheaper with current rate of 60 dollars per barrel against the earlier rate of 147 dollars per barrel, but it was sad to note that the people of India would continue with this burden by paying more towards petrol and diesel, he pointed out.

The CPI would not be a mute spectator and raise the matter through its state-wide agitation, if the prices were not reduced soon, Mr Mishra said.

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