Calcutta, Oct. 16: The Bengal Congress today said the Centre’s decision to hike diesel price and restrict the number of LPG cylinders would “cost the party dear” in the rural polls next year.
At a Bidhan Bhavan meeting attended by known Mamata-baiter and Raiganj MP Deepa Das Munshi and other district leaders, and chaired by Bengal minder Shakeel Ahmed, the members voiced concerns over the Centre’s decisions.
“I shall convey to the higher command in Delhi about the Bengal leaders’ concern about the Centre’s decisions. They could cost the party dear,” Ahmed said after the two-hour meeting.
Murshidabad MP Mannan Hossain recounted his “bitter experiences” while campaigning for the October 10 Jangipur bypoll.
“I narrated my bitter experiences during the campaign. People resented the hike in diesel and fertiliser prices at almost every meetings,” he said.
“The Centre’s decisions will surely cost us dear in the next year’s panchayat polls unless they are revised,” he added.
Behrampore MP Adhir Chowdhury had yesterday said the Centre’s decisions had “infuriated” a section of the Jangipur electorate that voted against the Congress’s Abhijit Mukherjee.
Chowdhury could not attend today’s session as he was preoccupied in Delhi.
The state Congress leadership also decided to hold public rallies in all 42 Lok Sabha and 294 Assembly constituencies to protest the “ineffective governance” in Bengal that, leaders said, is leading to rise in crimes, particularly against women.