Govt to take decision on petrol price hike: Congress

"There is a need to understand the issue in right perspective. We never said what the government should do and what policies it should make. We have only said that keeping in mind the sensitivity of the issue and the concerns government should do whatever it can to provide relief to the common man," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

Singhvi also denied that the party made any specific demand like rollback of prices.

Singhvi found nothing wrong in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement supporting deregulation of petroleum prices and said that removing the administered price mechanism was also for public good.

He argued that even if subsidies were given on petrol, people will have to bear the brunt by paying additional taxes to make up for the budget deficit.

The Congress spokesman said that special relief should be provided to people belonging to poorer sections and hoped government would take some steps in this regard.

He said a solution to the issue would be found out after meeting the allies.

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