Petrol price lowered due to Prez polls, says Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday demanded a cut of Rs 10 to Rs 30 per litre in petrol prices even as she hinted that the lowering of petrol prices by the Centre was a stunt of the UPA government before the Presidential election.

She expressed concern that there would be an increase later. “The price has been reduced because of the presidential polls. They will increase it later,” Banerjee told reporters at Writers’ Building here.

“When the prices of crude oil have gone down to Rs 100 per barrel they should have reduced it by Rs 10 to Rs 30 per litre,” Banerjee said. The Trinamool Congress’(TMC) chief’s remark comes at a time when relations between TMC, the second largest constituent of the Centre’s ruling United Progressive Alliance, and Congress have touched rock bottom with Banerjee opposing the Congress’s Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee tooth and nail.

Though she had proposed the name of A P J Abdul Kalam for the country’s highest office, the former President preferred to opt out of the race. The Trinamool supremo is yet to announce her political strategy so far as Presidential election is concerned.

Banerjee’s relation with Congress has also been strained because Banerjee’s demand for a financial package for the debt-ridden state is still pending with the central government.

“She is doing it out of desperation. She has made a futile effort to humiliate Congress and now that she knows she has lost the game she is trying to divert the attention of the people,” a senior Congress leader said. “People have realised her original self,” the leader added.

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