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Left parties adopting a "dual stand"

Atal Bihari Vajpayee to lead protest in Delhi"No question of any coordination with Left"

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday demanded a complete rollback of the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices, saying it would not be deceived by the `tactics' of the Congress-ruled States slashing their own taxes.

Talking to The Hindu here, party president Rajnath Singh said since the Centre had hiked petrol and diesel prices, it should announce the rollback also. "Prices of petrol and diesel have been increased by nearly 40 per cent over the past two years. It is too steep a hike for the people," he said.

Asked if the BJP would coordinate its protest action with the Left parties, Mr. Singh accused the Left parties of adopting a "dual stand" and said there was no question of any coordination with them.

"They are supporting the Congress-led coalition at the Centre and attacking the ruling coalition. Their stand is laughable," he said.

The former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will lead the BJP's protest here on Monday against the petrol and diesel price hike.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) too has asked its workers to observe a nation-wide protest day on June 13.

On the case involving Rahul Mahajan, Mr. Singh said that he had shown interest in entering politics and was told to begin work in the Maharashtra unit of the party at a lower level. He had not been offered any post in the party at any stage.

However, now when Pramod Mahajan was no more and Rahul had been jailed, the party's sympathies were with the Mahajan family, Mr. Singh said.