The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) condemned the Shiv Sena’s opposition to fuel hike and advised them to look at issues in their administration. The party also defended the decision saying it was essential to usher in reforms and reduce fiscal deficit.
“Before criticising the UPA, the Shiv Sena should first look at the ‘achievements’ by Uddhav. In the recent past, there was a hike in BEST bus tariff, electricity and water charges by BMC, which come under their control,” said Sachin Sawant, spokesperson for the party.
“Uddhav should first answer Mumbaiites on the Sena’s decisions, then criticise the government. Congress always works in the interest of the common man.”
The party also condemned the caricature of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, saying it was done in bad taste.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also hit back at Uddhav’s statement that Pawar should pull out of the government.
“We don't want to destabilise the government on the issue. We would like Congress to do a rethink on the diesel hike. We have given several options to the government such as hiking tax for luxury segment instead of just opposing blindly. But, we completely support the FDI in retail,” '' said Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson.
Sawant said, “The fuel subsidy was posing a threat to the economic condition of the country. To decrease the fiscal deficit, a decision was taken by party.”