Friendly Fire From Mayawati On Fuel Price Hike

Friendly Fire From Mayawati On Fuel Price Hike

Friendly Fire From Mayawati On Fuel Price Hike

New Delhi: The recent drama over, the over fuel prices has exposed yet another fault within the united opposition. Mayawati, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, clubbed the Congress with the BJP where fuel hike is concerned after Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief expressed her reservation about the way the strike was announced.

Mayavati rebuked BJP over the fuel price hike, said, "My party considers both BJP and the Congress responsible for the rise in prices of petrol and diesel".

She said that the BJP was implementing a "wrong financial policy" made by the Congress instead of withdrawing it. She said,  "In October 2010, during the UPA 2 regime took the decision to free petrol from government rules. Diesel was also kept out of government's purview."

Mayawati's  criticism comes as its differences with the Congress over an alliance in the three states, currently ruled by the  BJP, which is going to polls later this year remains unresolved.

The former Uttar Pradesh CM has made it clear that an alliance can only happen if her party is given a respectable number of seats, this matter of seat sharing has divided the Congress camp.

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The Madhya Pradesh and  Chhattisgarh's leaders in the Congress have  agreed that an alliance with Mayawati will help the party, however, the leaders from Rajasthan contend that it would be beneficial for the BSP and injurious for the Congress in the long run. The alliance with her is crucial in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of lawmakers to parliament.

The strike against fuel price did not have the participation of Trinamool Congress as well. The Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee had said while she supports the cause, but will not participate against the strike, as a matter of principle.

 Ms Banerjee in her conversation with the reporters had made her displeasure clear, pointing out that there was "no discussion" before the Congress called the strike. She added, "But never mind...I won't say anything out of courtesy."

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