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Fuel price hike: dissent in Congress, BJP slams NAC

delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2010 01:32 IST
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The Congress on Monday again defended the fuel price hike though voices of dissent have started emerging from within the party.

Following his tweet, party leader Anil Shastri again dubbed the rise in fuel prices as "disastrous for the common man" and appealed to Sonia Gandhi to intervene in the matter.

Shastri, a special invitee to the CWC, said his stand was not against the party line.

"Has the party welcomed the hike?" he asked.

Privately, many other Congress leaders too have opposed the government move.

But officially the party maintained that the government was constrained to take such a step.

"Sometimes government has to take tough economic decisions in national interest and people understand the context of such decision," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

He sought to justify the hike and the dismantling of the administered price mechanism for petrol, saying 70 per cent of India's oil need is met through imports and the country does not have a role in fixing prices of petroleum products globally.

The party was also evasive on seeking a rollback.

"This has to be seen in the right perspective and the government took the decision after taking all aspects into consideration," Tewari said.

Attacking National Advisory Council chief Sonia Gandhi on the fuel price hike, the BJP on Monday asked whether the decision was the NAC's first recommendation in the interest of the common man.

"What was the UPA chairperson's suggestion to the government on this matter?" BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar asked.

"Was increasing inflation further by oil price hike the NAC's first work?"

It also announced a nationwide anti-inflation stir on July 1.