Fuel price hike: JDU slams Centre; asks PM's resignation

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New Delhi, Jun 25: Janata Dal United slammed the UPA government for the fuel price hike and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to rollback the hike in price.

JD (U) leaders said slammed PM and said that he was behaving in "inhuman manner and the government was not al worried about the life of common people.

"The UPA Government is behaving in inhuman manner. The Union government is not at all worried about the common man and no steps have been taken to make their life easier," said Prabhat Ranjan, JD (U) Delhi unit General Secretary.

"Every month the government is increasing the prices on one pretext or the other and it is not far off that people will come out on streets against such harsh measures taken by the Petroleum Ministry," he added.

On Friday, Jun 24, Central government increased the price of the diesel by Rs 3 per litre, domestic LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre.

Union Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy said that the hike was "very modest and minimal" and it was done to cut down on burgeoning under-recovery of oil marketing companies.

Amid sever criticism from opposition parties over the fuel price hike, UPA II government was stunned to face unfavourable judgment from Trinamool Congress, one of it's key ally. Trinamool leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she won't support the price hike.

"We do not support the repeated rise in fuel prices. This will put the common man in great difficulty. We have conveyed our view where it needs to be conveyed," Mamata said.

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