Fuel price hike: Mukherjee hopes to sort out differences with Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi, Nov. 5: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issuing a stern warning to the Congress Party that she may think of opting out of the government if it doesn’t withdraw the petrol price hike, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said he hoped to settle down things.

Talking to reporters here, Mukherjee said he would brief the Prime Minister about the current situation and hopes to sort out differences with Mamata Banerjee.

“TMC has agreed to sit for talks. They will talk to the Prime Minister, and I think, the issue will be resolved,” he added.

As far as oil price is concerned, Mukherjee said I would explain further on the issue after meeting the Prime Minister.

Banerjee on Friday said that her party had not been consulted about the hike, and that her MPs are willing to quit the UPA if they are excluded from decisions like this one which affect the common man.

“There is no way our MPs can defend this to our people. The price hike may not affect the Centre or Delhi but it affects our people…we stand by the people. We don’t want to blackmail anyone, but we have tolerated a lot,” she said.

“If fuel price hike is linked to global crude prices then why doesn’t the price come down when crude prices are low,” she questioned.

She said that she would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after he returns from Cannes, most likely on November 8 or November 9. (ANI)