Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mamta's objections on petrol price hike would be resolved: Pranab

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has again clarified that petroleum prices have been decontrolled and the govt has no role in deciding its price. 

"The issue will be sorted out soon with allies. We would talk to the PM and the issue will be resolved," Mukherjee told reporters.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said a solution to the issue would be found out after a meeting with the allies.

"It is perfectly legitimate for any political party which is a constituent of UPA to express concern on any issue and to discuss it with the Prime Minister. They have done exactly that," Mukherjee said.

Trinamool is UPA's second largest ally.

On TC chief stating yesterday that the matter would be taken up with the Prime Minister after his return from abroad, Mukherjee said, "They will take up some of their concerns with the PM. I don't find anything wrong with it."

Singh returned to the Capital this morning.

Without making any reference to Trinamool's allegation that the party was not consulted before the price hike, Mukherjee said, "There is an EGoM. It consists of the representatives of all political parties which have a member in the Union Cabinet. Our partners in the coalition are members."

Stating that the UPA government has taken note of the protests by various political parties, Mukherjee said, "Naturally, when price is hiked and if it hits the people, the people will react. They don't like to listen to economic reasons".

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