Opposition parties, its allies and aam aadmi have joined hands to strongly condemn the sharp increase in diesel price on Friday, Sept 14.
The diesel price has been increased by Rs 5 a litre and each household will get only six domestic LPG (14.2 Kg) cylinders per annum at a subsidised rate. These decisions were taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) at a meeting on Thursday.
One of UPA's important ally, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that the party would have to now consider whether to continue supporting the Congress-led government at the Centre.
"We are unhappy and astonished that in spite of the formation of the UPA coordination committee after a long time, such a decision was taken without consulting us," the West Bengal Chief Minister said.
Another key UPA ally DMK, too, has strongly condemned the hike.
"Already the prices of essential commodities are so high. This hike would further affect the poor and the middle class and increase inflation," said DMK supremo M Karunanidhi.
Leaders of NCP, another prominent ally of UPA too reacted against diesel price hike.
"The Centre should consider rollback in diesel price and should not put a cap on subsidised LPG especially given the high price of essential goods thereby affecting the common man," NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
Most of the political parties have expressed their opposition to the steep price hike in diesel as "anti-people" move by the government.
"The move to hike diesel price is anti-people and will increase prices. Samajwadi Party opposes the move and will hold sit-in across the state to protest the hike," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary told PTI.
Main opposition party BJP vehemently criticised government on the price hike.
"Diesel increase will have a cascading effect on the economy as a whole. Prices are already not under control, so this is going to contribute to overall inflation and create mayhem in the economy," said senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.
"It will have an adverse effect on the prices of essential commodities which are already high. It will further increase hardship of common people. Government should not go ahead," said CPI National Secretary D Raja.
Along with political parties, it is the "aam aadmi" who have taken the news with a pinch of salt.
"This government has completely failed us. Rise in diesel prices will automatically increase the prices of all other products, including food items. We work hard to earn our livelihood. We cannot afford to pay astronomical prices for food and other essential items," said Mukesh Gupta, an executive working in a private company in Bangalore.
Home-maker PT Radhika feels that government does not understand the plight of common people.
"Price hike in fuels mostly affect common people. So, the government is throwing all the burden on aam aadmi," lamented Radhika.