Bharat Bandh Today, 10th September 2018 : The Congress, which has called for a Bharat Bandh today over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee, has appealed to party workers to maintain peace and not to associate with any violent protests.
Andhra govt announces reduction in petrol, diesel prices by Rs 2 a litre from Tuesday.
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday demanded the Narendra Modi government cut the excise duty and customs duty on petrol and diesel after what it called was a successful Bharat Bandh from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Centre can’t hide behind the excuse of “global reasons” for the high prices as it had increased taxes substantially in the last few years. He also thanked the 20 other opposition parties for joining the nationwide strike.
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.