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Jayalalithaa slams increase in petroleum products prices

Friday, 20 December 2013 - 10:55pm IST | Place: Chennai | Agency: PTI

Slamming the latest hike in prices of petrol and diesel, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday said it will only push people into debts.

Quoting a Tamil saying, she said that despite the people "showing their opposition," to Congress in the recent assembly elections, the party-led UPA Government was continuously raising the fuel prices.

The hike came within days of revision in the price of LPG and therefore "unjust,"she said in a statement. "With every Indian suffering from inflation, the hike in petrol prices would further erode the revenue of poor and middle-class people. It will not just increase their expenses, but will pave the way for them to struggle in debts."

She condemned the "anti-people" move of the Centre and opposed the revision saying international rate of crude oil and the value of Indian rupee were "somewhat stable." Petrol price was on Friday hiked by 41 paise a litre while diesel by 10 paise per litre due to hike in dealers' commission.

Calling for the rollback of Friday's hike, she insisted "on behalf of the people" that the government should take back from Oil Marketing Companies the right to determine oil prices.

Jayalalithaa asked the government to bear the increase in commission for diesel dealers.


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