Trivedi against petrol price hike

New Delhi, Sep 16: United Progressive Alliance ally Trinamool Congress Friday criticised the latest hike in petrol price by more than Rs.3 per litre.

Union railway minister and Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi said his party was ‘upset with the hike as it would further burden the common man’.

Trivedi also opposed the government’s plan to reduce subsidy on cooking gas.

The proposal could not be taken up as the scheduled meeting of an empowered group of ministers (eGoM) looking into the issue was cancelled Friday.

‘We will make our position known in the eGoM meet, whenever it happens,’ said Trivedi.

He said the hike in petrol price and the proposal to reduce cooking gas subsidy were ‘anti-people’ and would have a spiralling effect on high prices of essential items, including vegetables.

He asked the government to roll-back the hike and drop the proposal to reduce cooking gas subsidy.

Trivedi said the government should instead find a way to compensate the oil companies, incurring financial loss due to subsidies, and protect the common people from high prices.