Fuel price hike: Some relief for Delhiites?
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said her government would examine whether Delhiites can be provided some sort of relief following hike in diesel, kerosene and cooking gas by the centre.
“We will examine it...We will discuss it in the cabinet,” Dikshit said replying to a question on how the common man will manage hike in diesel, kerosene and LPG prices. “The central government had to hike the rates out of compulsion as prices of oil in the international market have gone up,” Dikshit said.
Parties slam govt
Political parties, including the Left and BJP, on Saturday came down heavily on the government for striking another blow on the common man by hiking the fuel price and staged demonstrations demanding its immediate rollback.
Slamming the government for the hike, the Left parties asked all their units to immediately conduct hartals, demonstrations and other protest actions. The CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc said it was “another cruel blow” to the common people as the increase in diesel price would raise transportation cost and affect farmers, while those in kerosene and LPG cylinders would burden the poor.
The centre on Thursday hiked the price of diesel by Rs 3 a litre, kerosene Rs 2 a litre and cooking gas by a steep Rs 50 a cylinder.