“There is no point in blaming the govt for increase in the domestic prices (of fuel) as they are related to fluctuations in the international markets,” Pawar said defending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on deregulation of the fuel prices. “Our stand is to remain with the government,” he added.
Asked to comment on the Prime Minister’s remarks on deregulation, Pawar said that Singh was an economist of international repute and he (Pawar) was not a super economist to comment on what the Prime Minister had said.
The Prime Minister has justified the hike in petrol prices, saying that there should be additional movement towards deregulation of fuel prices.
“Well that is the general direction in which we should move. I think the move to decontrol the prices is a part of that process,” Singh had said.
Prime Minister’s comments had assumed implication in the context of rigid opposition to the hike in petrol prices under the deregulated system.
Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee had asserts on Friday that her party and allies like the NCP and the DMK were not conferring with on the petrol price hike. Meanwhile, Pawar refused to comment on the Lavasa issue saying the matter was sub-judice.