Chennai, Jan 18 (PTI) Disapproving the Centre’s diesel deregulation move, UPA key ally DMK today demanded that the government reconsider it and raise the subsidised LPG cylinder cap to 12 from the proposed nine, asking it not to invite the wrath of the poor on cooking gas.
“Allowing State-owned oil companies to increase diesel prices even by a small quantum is a wrong decision”, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said in a statement, a day after government partially deregulated diesel price allowing a hike of 40-50 paise a litre every month.
He said poor and the middle class people would not be able to bear even the increase of 50 paise per litre in diesel and this would pave the way for increase in inflation.
“The Centre should reconsider the decision on the diesel price issue so that poor and the middle class are not affected”, he said, reminding that the diesel price was hiked by Rs 5.63 per litre in September last.
On the announcement to raise the cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders from six to nine a year, Karunanidhi said the Parliamentary committee had already recommended that it should be increased to 12 a year.