EC calls for details on proposed gas price hike

After Arvind Kejriwal-headed Aam Admi Party (AAP) sought intervention of the Election Commission (EC) in staying the gas price hike from 1 April, the poll panel has called for details of the  proposed increase from the centre.

The issued had already been discussed by the commission which was not seeking  more details from the government.

PTI cited sources saying the commission had a detailed meeting on the issue on Saturday evening and would further debate the matter at its meeting today.

The commission said earlier that it had taken note of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's complaint that on a proposal by Reliance Industries the petroleum ministry would be hiking gas prices from 1 April.

In a letter to the EC, Kejriwal had termed the gas price hike as violation of the model code of conduct and alleged that the decision was aimed at ensuring windfall gains for Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries.

Meanwhile, petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily had clarified that the government would not go back on its decision to hike rates from 1 April.

He added that the decision on hiking the gas price for both public sector and private producers had gone through a governance process.

He said that the hike had been considered twice by the cabinet and approved twice.