Kerala Congress protests diesel hike
Congress members from Kerala on Friday put the ruling party in a fix as they raised their voices against the hike in diesel prices at the party's national meet in Jaipur, media reports said.
The Congress has already been facing flak from allies and opponents alike for the government's move to authorise state-run oil firms to raise diesel rates in a bid to cut down the country's subsidy burden and widening deficit.
Kerala Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala on Friday was quoted as saying the government's decision to allow oil companies to raise diesel prices would hit the party the same way as allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail has.
Prices of diesel were raised 45 paise per litre on Friday by the companies while petrol rates were brought down 25 paise per litre.
At the two-day "Chintan Shivir" in Jaipur, that is being attended by leaders from across the country, the Congress hopes to firm up its strategy for the 2014 general elections.