New Delhi, Sep 18 (): Not bowing down to the opposition demand for a roll-back on diesel, LPG price hike and FDI in retail Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday evening took a strong stand and ruled out to roll-back and assured that the government has no fear or threat from any of its allies.
When asked by reporters for withdrawing the hike in the essentials, Chidambaram said, “A political government is well aware about the doable and not doable. It is easy to give advise, but we have done what is possible.”
Earlier the government on Monday morning, to resolve the problem of the common man made its mind to increase the supply of the LPG cylinders from six to ten per year. Following the BJP’s announcement to observe a country–wide agitation on Sep 20 and Mamata Banerjee setting a deadline of seventy-two hours, the government rolled back from its earlier decision making a slight relaxation which turned to be futile in the evening.
Apart from the NDA, parties such as SP, BJD, TDP and JD(S) will also be taking an agitation on the same day, though separately. The Congress not only was attacked by the opposition but also received similar setback within the party as a number of leaders were said to be against the hike in the prices of diesel and the cap on LPG.
A few Congress leaders were believed to have been forcing the superiors to relax the decision to meet the demand of the common man. In a recent decision on Thursday, the government announced its willingness to increase the price of diesel by Rs 5.62 per litre and also to restrict the supply of the LPG cylinders to six per year for each household and the consumer requiring more than six can purchase at a cost of Rs 746 per cylinder.
The Samajwadi Party also announced its decision to demonstrate throughout Uttar Pradesh on Sep 20 against the ruling government protesting against the diesel price hike and permitting the FDI in retail. The Shiv Sena however refused to join the demonstration owing to Ganesh Chathurthi which falls on Sep 19.