Trinamool not with govt on fuel price hike: Mamata

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New Delhi, Jun 25: Trinamool Congress supremo, Mamata Banerjee, who made her protest against the government's plan on fuel pricing evident by skipping the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) meeting, voiced her stern disapproval of the decision to hike fuel prices.

"My party does not support this view. We already raised our voice, we are always with the people. Domestic gas, diesel and kerosene price affects everything from the kitchen to agriculture to Railways. Yes, there is sometimes a market hike in the international prices - but we feel that if we give all the pressure only to the people, it would not solve the purpose," the Union Railway Minister said while talking to reporters just minutes after the EGoM announced its decision in a press briefing.

"We are an alliance partner, we can give our views but they are the major party and they have to take the decision. I don't want to quarrel with them. But for obvious reasons we feel the common man should not be overburdened and that is why again I will talk," the key ally to the Congress-led UPA government added.

"I will again express that it will affect from kitchen to railway everything. I am not happy - I will ask him to reconsider the hike in price of diesel, cooking gas and and kerosene price.

"Three or four months ago also there was an increase. Not all can afford, only grade A can, not B, C or D. The Government has to think of them. We could have discussed only Petrol, why bring up Diesel and Kerosene, and domestic gas?" Mamata questioned, asserting again and again that her party was not happy with this move as it adversely affected the 'aam aadmi'.

Mamata Banerjee had also skipped the earlier meeting on fuel pricing. Union Agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar also did not attend either of the meetings.

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