Launching an attack on the NDA government, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned Prime Minister Modi’s silence over the rising fuel prices. “PM Modi has failed to deliver on the promises made to the country. The Rupee value has never been this weak in the past 70 years,” he said, addressing the media during the Bharat Bandh protest in New Delhi. He also thanked the Opposition for extending their support to the shutdown against the rising fuel prices as well as the fall in the value of the Rupee.
The BJP, hit back at the Congress calling the bandh a “flop show,” saying the government had no control over the fuel price hike. BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the party for the “violent” protests taking across the country. ” It’s the essence of democracy that hospitals, ambulances, and medicine shops are allowed to function without any hindrance. But, with the death of 2-year-old in Bihar today, an environment of fear is being created,” he said.
Multiple parties including SP, BSP, TMC, DMK and RJD, as well as several chambers of commerce and traders’ bodies, have backed the Bharat bandh call. Five Left Front parties have given a separate call for bandh over the hike in fuel prices, the problem of farmers and unemployment issues.
Amid protests, petrol is retailing at Rs 80.73 a litre and diesel at Rs 72.83 a litre in New Delhi.
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