Differences today surfaced in Congress over diesel price hike and restricting the supply of cooking gas with a senior leader demanding rollback of the decision, saying it is a “great setback” to the party.

“The Government’s decision to increase the prices of diesel by Rs 5 per litre and restricting the supply of subsidised LPG gas to six cylinders per household in a year will prove disastrous for common man. The Government must reconsider the decision,” Shastri told PTI.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must intervene and rollback the diesel prices and remove the restriction on subsidised LPG supply.

Meanwhile, Shastri commented on microblogging site Twitter that Rahul Gandhi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have been making all possible efforts to strengthen the party but “their efforts have been brought to nought’’.

“The Government’s decision is a great setback to the party,” he tweeted.

Noting that an additional burden of Rs 350 per cylinder is enormous for anybody, Shastri said restriction on subsidised LPG gas supply will encourage black marketing of cooking gas cylinders which will add to the woes of common man who is “already fed up with all round corruption”.

(This article was published on September 15, 2012)
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