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BJP, CPI (M) condemn govt decision to hike diesel price, demand rollback

New Delhi, Jan 18 (): Demanding a rollback, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India have condemned the government’s decision to allow oil marketing companies to hike diesel rates.

The opposition parties criticized the government for its decision and said that price rise policy of the government might possibly have a bad impact on prices and also claimed the central government’s decision to raise the cap on LPG cylinders from six to nine as ridiculous.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar while talking to reporters expressed deep concern over the government’s decision saying it might definitely affect the prices and termed the decision as anti-people.

The BJP said that the government has approached an indirect policy in hiking the diesel prices and demanded to take steps on bringing necessary reform in the oil sector as soon as possible.

Not giving a clear picture on whether the party supports deregulation of diesel prices, the BJP said it is not the right time to increase the diesel price at this juncture as most of the people live under immense poverty.

Reacting to the government’s decision to raise the cap on LPG cylinders from six to nine per year, the opposition party insisted to put a stop on rationing of gas cylinders and requested the government to provide the people with cylinders according to their requirement.

The common man has been made to suffer due to the inefficiency of the oil marketing companies, said P Prakash Karat CPI (M) general secretary in Kolkata on Thursday.

People below average financial status are already overburdened due to the frequent price rise of commodities, and deregulation of diesel price might result in an additional burden on them, added Mr Karat while addressing the CPI (M) central committee meeting.

The proposed hike in diesel is likely to come in effect from midnight but however a final announcement has to come before deciding on the quantum of hike, said a senior OMC official.