In the backdrop of fresh hike in prices of petrol, the Congress in Kerala has asked the party led Union Government to strip off the powers of the petroleum companies in deciding oil prices.

In the backdrop of fresh hike in prices of petrol, the Congress in Kerala has asked the party led Union Government to strip off the powers of the petroleum companies in deciding oil prices.

 The fresh hike of nearly Rs. 2.00 a litre of petrol can never be justified in any way and the Centre should divest the powers of the oil companies in freely deciding the crucial prices of petroleum products, Congress spokesman in Kerala M. M. Hassan has said.

 The Centre should take such crucial decisions only after considering the social and economic implications and give a serious thought in waiving taxes rather than going in for frequent price revision, Mr. Hassan told a press conference here on Friday.

 The recurring hike in petroleum products would only pave way for steep hike in prices of essential commodities as the situation is going to hit hard on the common man.

The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) had already conveyed its protest over the fresh hike that would have cascading effect in the economy, Mr. Hassan, who is also KPCC Vice-President, said.

On the altercations and high-handeness being witnessed in the State Assembly recently, Mr. Hassan said the House, that is bound to frame laws and highlighting the public issues, has turned out to be a body where laws are very often given a scant respect.

He flayed Communist Party of India (Marxist) State unit Secretary Pinaryi Vijayan for supporting section of striking newspaper agents and alleged that the latter by adopting such stand aimed at crippling the functioning of the popular dailies that expose the deviating policies being pursed by the Left parties.

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