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Mamata writes to PM, Sonia Gandhi on fuel price hike

kolkata Updated: Feb 27, 2010 20:47 IST

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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today wrote to Prime Minister Mamonmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi demanding roll-back of the price hike in petro products but said she did not want any confrontation on the issue.

Referring to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi, another UPA ally, Banerjee, the Railway Minister told reporters "as DMK has writtten, I have also written."

Banerjee said she did not raise the passenger fares in the railway budget to protect the interests of the common man. "I am for peoples' interest. It is not a matter of any confrontation."

Pointing out that under the previous UPA government too there had been hikes in prices of petroleum products, she said "I appeal to the Prime Minister and Soniaji to reconsider the hike".

"I understand that if there is an increase in the prices of the petroleum products in international markets, the government has to digest it and give subsidy. But the common people face a burden in case of price rise."

Banerjee said West Bengal government should also reduce cess on petroleum products as it was high in the state.