New Delhi: Cornered by Opposition and allies over the issue of petrol price hike, Congress today pressed the government for a decision to ease the burden on people even as Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy ruled out any immediate rollback.
As the issue threatened to snowball into a major controversy with UPA constituents DMK and Trinamool Congress taking to streets and Samajwadi Party also slamming the Centre, Congress President Sonia Gandhi was huddled for a two-hour-long discussion with the top leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Gandhi reached the Prime Minister’s residence 15 minutes before other members of the Core Group including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister AK Antony, Home Minister P Chidmabaram and her political secretary Ahmed Patel arrived there.
Though there was no official word about what transpired in the meeting, there are indications that the party would prefer some sort of revision in the hiked petrol prices.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Manish Tewari indicated that a revision in the prices could be made in the next few days.
“We do hope that our sentiment will be respected. We had yesterday itself said that we are fully sensitive if any step of the government puts a burden on common man even if it is required.
“Some or the other decision should be taken with the initiative of the central government, state governments and oil companies so that the burden put on people is eased,” Tewari told reporters.