Fuel price cut violates code of conduct: BJP

CNN-IBN
Nov 26, 2008 at 04:35pm IST

New Delhi: Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said on Tuesday that fuel prices will be cut after the Assembly polls. In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, he proposed a Rs 5 cut in petrol prices and Rs 20 on every LPG cylinder.

His two-page note said oil companies would be comfortable with such a price reduction.

However, the Opposition says the move to slash prices is pure politics and it is not economic logic which has guided the decision. BJP has also called the timing of the move a violation of the election code of conduct.

BJP officials called on the Election Commission on Wednesday to complain.

"The Petroleum Minister is from the Congress party. If he says the Government will reduce prices of oil after elections, he is luring the voters to vote for the Congress, which is wrong. A few days ago, the Prime Minister said it ws not posible to reduce the prices of oil, so this sudden change of heart is nothing but a gimmick to gain votes for the upcoming Delhi elections," BJP officials complained to the Election Commission.

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