Government cannot discontinue the monthly 50 paise hike in diesel prices: Election Commission

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Government cannot discontinue the monthly 50 paise hike in diesel prices: Electi
The Election Commission said government cannot discontinue with the monthly 50 paise hike in diesel prices till the completion of the poll process, reported PTI.

"If the oil companies have taken a policy decision with a very clear objective that if they increase price every month by 50 paise or more than that, we have no objection to that. But if it is suddenly discontinued without any reasonable ground or reasonable argument then it is definitely a big question mark," said Election Commissioner Harishankar Brahma.

On whether the oil companies can halt the monthly increase of 50 paise a litre, Brahma said in case it happens election commission will look into the matter.

"Election commission will definitely look into the matter very closely and scrutinise why increasing was done earlier and why they have stopped raising now because it will be a question mark in the minds of our people," he said.

The model code of conduct has come into play with announcement of general elections.

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Story first published: Friday, March 7, 2014, 9:10 [IST]
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