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Badal slams Centre for deregulation of diesel price

Posted on Jan 17, 09:45PM | UNI

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today assailed the Congress-led UPA government for deregulating the diesel prices and keeping the cap on supply of subsidised cooking gas (LPG) per household to just nine cylinders instead of twelve as expected by the people.

"This will further accentuate the woes of the beleaguered state peasantry besides upsetting the budget of the kitchen household especially hitting hard the house wives, he said in a statement issued here.

The Chief Minister slammed the Centre for allowing frequent small hikes over a period of time by putting in place a 'deregulated diesel mechanism' and described it as a 'retrograde step' to crush the farming community which was already reeling under the exorbitant debt of Rs 32,000 crore.

He said that this unfortunate decision coupled with the non remunerative MSP would further bring the depressed peasantry of the state on the verge of economic disaster.

He said such anti-people policies of the Central government had exposed the real face of the UPA government in Centre.