Hyderabad : Bowing to the pressure from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) cadres, K. Chandrasekhara Rao Wednesday withdrew his resignation as party president and declared that the movement for separate statehood would continue.
His decision came a couple of hours after he party executive unanimously passed a resolution, appealing him to take back his resignation. With this the four-day long crisis in the sub-regional party blew over.
Bangalore : The Karnataka assembly Wednesday began its first session with members taking oath in the name of god, farmers and some in the name of their leaders.
Pro-tem speaker K.G. Bopaiah, who administered the oath, overruled objections from the opposition Congress to members taking the name of their leaders.
New Delhi : Justifying the fuel price hike, the Congress Wednesday said the party-led government had taken a "considered" decision to avoid pushing the country into an "economic" risk.
"With a heavy heart, the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government has taken a decision to increase the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas," Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari told reporters here.
The government Wednesday announced a hike in the prices of petrol by Rs.5 per litre, diesel by Rs.3 and cooking gas Rs.50 per cylinder.
New Delhi : The hike in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices announced by the government was "unleashing of economic terror on the nation", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday.
"The decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), chaired by the prime minister (Manmohan Singh), to jack up the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas is shocking. The UPA government has unleashed economic terror on the nation. Today’s decision defies all economic logic," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
Hyderabad : The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Wednesday rejected its president K. Chandrasekhara Rao's resignation after the setback in the by-elections last week and urged him to continue leading the movement for separate statehood to Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh.
An emergency meeting of the party unanimously passed a resolution appealing to him to take back his resignation. However, confusion continued in the party ranks as Rao stayed away from the meeting.
Chennai : The Communist Party of India (CPI) described Wednesday's hike in fuel prices as a "retrograde step" which it said was "the result of four years of misrule" in New Delhi.
In a hard-hitting attack on the government, CPI Tamil Nadu secretary D. Pandiyan said the government decision "will trigger double digit inflation inconveniencing the common public".
Speaking to IANS, D. Raja, the CPI national secretary, slammed what he said was "the disinformation campaign of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram" leading to the price increase.
Agartala : The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) called a 12-hour strike in Tripura Thursday to protest fuel and cooking gas price hikes, a party official here said.
"We have been forced to call for the dawn-to-dusk state-wide shut down against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's decision to raise the price of diesel, petrol and cooking gas," said Bijon Dhar, CPI-M central committee member Wednesday.
New Delhi : India's Left parties announced a week-long protest beginning Thursday against the increase of petroleum products' prices, alleging that the Congress-led government has not considered alternate proposals that would avoid burdening the common man.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left parties that prop Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government also asked it to review the decision to hike the prices of petrol by Rs.5 per litre, diesel by Rs.3 per litre and cooking gas by Rs.50 per cylinder.
Kozhikode : Kerala's ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) Wednesday called a state-wide dawn-to-dusk shutdown Thursday to protest the hike in fuel prices.
"The central government should correct this policy. The Left Front had asked the government not to (hike prices). The government policy should not be to help increase the profits of oil companies," said LDF convenor Vaikom Viswan.
New Delhi : The Left, which supports Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday took the lead in condemning the hike in fuel prices.
"This is an economic terror unleashed on the country. By increasing prices, the prime minister has put another burden on the people," said BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
"This will cause an upheaval," he said. "It is a black day for the country."
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