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Centre did not consult DMK on diesel price hike: Karunanidhi

Chennai Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) a key ally of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), on Friday said it was not consulted by the Centre on the diesel price hike and insisted on its rollback.

"If they had consulted (us), there would have been no need for me to issue a statement on Thursday condemning the price hike," Mr Karunanidhi, DMK Chief, told reporters in Chennai while replying to a question.

When asked about his party's stand in the backdrop of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress' opposition to the diesel price hike, Mr Karunanidhi said, "I don't know (how) to issue a threat".

Referring to his demand for convening the UPA coordination committee and asked what would be his party's key demand, he said, "To reduce diesel price."

Mr Karunanidhi had on Thursday described the diesel price hike as 'very high' and unexpected and sought immediate convening of the UPA Coordination Committee to discuss the matter.

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