Price hike: Trinamool to start protest against UPA

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Mamata Banerjee and Pranab Mukherjee
Kolkata, Jan 17: Trinamool Congress, the key ally of Congress-led UPA government, has decided to stage a protest against the Central government's petrol price hike. Trinamool Congress chief and Union Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee told that the party workers will hold street protests on Monday, Jan 17.

Mamta Banerjee told that 'responsible' UPA leaders have not informed her about the price hike. West Bengal's Leader of Opposition Partha Chatterjee accused that Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Mamata on Saturday evening, but kept the price hike as a secret.

"I understand that people have problems with the way prices are rising. Trinamool supporters will hold protest meets in the city and take out rallies in every block across the state," Mamata Banejee said.

Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer, raised petrol prices by Rs 2.50 per litre and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) hiked rates by Rs 2.54 a litre. Bharat Petroleum Corp, the third state fuel retailer, raised the price by Rs 2.53 per litre.

The hike on Saturday was the second price rise in a month. Earlier on Dec 15, these state-owned oil corporations had raised the price by Rs 2.94-2.96 per litre, the biggest hike in six months.

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