West Bengal's Left Front on Friday strongly opposed the fuel price hike and attacked chief minister Mamata Banerjee asking how she failed to prevent the increase despite being a major ally of the United Progressive Alliance government.
In a statement, Left Front chairman Biman Bose urged the masses to be vocal in their protest against the anti-people decision of the UPA government.
"At a time when prices of essentials are high, this is like adding insult to injury. Because the fuel price hike will lead to an increase in transport costs and trigger a further round of increase of essential products," Bose said.
"The poor people have been hit as kerosene prices have also been increased. The lower and middle classes will face more problems as the cooking gas prices have also gone up," the statement said.
Turning the gun on Banerjee, he said though she has declared that she did not support the hike, "People want to know why she failed to prevent the rise in prices. She has given a misleading statement to shrug off her responsibility."