News Desk: While opposition parties are demanding for a roll back in petrol price hike, the Congress is now playing diplomacy as it has asked all its state governments to cut taxes on fuel prices.
The decision comes an hour after the NDA announced to call for a nation-wide bandh on May 31 over the steep hike in petrol prices.
The Congress has asked all the UPA allies states to cut the fuel taxes, which will benefit the states like Delhi, Haryana, Kerala (coalition), Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra (coalition), Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir (coalition), Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, West Bengal (coalition).
While, the NDA alleged the government of putting a big burden on the common people of the country by increasing the petrol prices a day after the budget session ended, the Congress termed the NDA's move as misleading.
Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the decision on hike in petrol prices has been taken by the oil companies and the government has nothing to do with it. Defending the oil firm, he said that they are bound to take such decision as the value of Indian rupee fell against US dollar in the international market.
He alleged that the NDA is misguiding the country by launching strike even if they know the situation of the country.
The Left parties also demanded a roll back in the hike saying all parties should come up and protest. The government will further hike the price of diesel and LPG in the coming days. The petrol price hike is the prelude, said CPI leader D Raja.
Sharp reactions were also drawn from most of the UPA allies including the Trinamool Congress. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said, "We have made a commitment to support this government, that is the reason we are not moving out. But our support does not mean that we cannot protest. We believe that the government is being unjust, it's one sided and not correct".
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