New Delhi/Kolkata, Nov. 8 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmakers, who were disappointed over the latest hike in fuel prices, met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday evening to register their protest and emphasise on better coordination and keeping the allies in the loop of important government decisions.
"We have categorically said that it is already there in the news media that price rise of domestic gas, diesel and kerosene oil are going to be hiked in this month of November. We all say that any such of type of decision will be totally opposed by us. Prime Minister very categorically said that he has no idea and he is not aware about this news item either or about the decision which has been published in the media," said eminent TMC lawmaker Sudip Bandyopadhyay after the meeting.
"We have categorically said to him that if any such kind of decisions are again announced, so we will have to think again as to what will be our stand and we will not take it very easily," he added.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier threatened to pull out of the UPA alliance, but made a U turn after finding little support from other UPA allies and the Centre ruling out a rollback.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had earlier in the day said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh would decide the issue of fuel prices hike after discussions with ally lawmakers.
"Today, the Prime Minister is having discussions with the representatives of the Trinamool Congress and whatever decision the Prime Minister will take that will be implemented. Let us wait," Mukherjee told mediapersons in Kolkata.
State-owned oil companies had on Friday increased the price of petrol by Rs. 1.80 per litre, the second raise in less than two months. (ANI)