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Naveen Patnaik livid with UPA Govt. over diesel price hike

Bhubaneswar/ Bangalore/ Kochi, Sep 14 (ANI): Stating that the steep price hike will affect everyone and the poor people in particular, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday condemned the decision to hike diesel price, saying this shows the breakdown and failure of the economic policies of the Central Government.

“These prices will affect many essential commodities, particularly food and of course, transport costs will go up. We demand that the steep price hike be rolled back immediately,” he told mediapersons in Bhubaneswar.

Meanwhile, former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that this decision by the UPA Government would burden the common man and make it difficult for them to survive.

“The rise of about five rupees in the diesel price. From last one year, there has been a rise in petroleum products six to seven times. How can common man live? This will affect the common man; it is very difficult to survive,” Yeddyurappa told mediapersons in Bangalore.

“That is why I am requesting the central government to roll back prices and let them live in peace,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy demanded a partial reduction of prices, if not a full rollback.

“The Central Government is saying there is 19 percent loss. We also know that. We are of the opinion that the prices should not have been increased. They should be reduced,” he told mediapersons in Kochi.

The UPA Government had earlier on Thursday hiked diesel price by Rs 5. 63 per litre and capped supply of subsidised LPG to six cylinders per household in a year.

The prices of petrol have, however, been left unchanged. (ANI)