Almost all the big opposition parties led by the Congress party have called for the Bharat Bandh today to protest against the increased fuel prices and other issues like dissimilarities in the Rafale deal, depreciation in the value of rupees.
Congress will carry out a nationwide protest against the NDA government for the ongoing hike in the fuel prices and will demand to bring petrol and diesel under the GST. They will also demand for the probe in the Rafale deal and the depreciating rupees.
Congress leader Ajay maken has recently accused the BJP government for the rise on the fuel prices by raising the excide duty on it even though the prices of the international crude oil have come down.
Opposition parties involved in the Bharat Bandh along with Congress includes Lalu prasad Yadav’s led Rashtriya Janata dal (RJD), BSP, Samajwadi Party, nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Communist Party of India (Marxist) and M K Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (DMK).
The major affected area by the Bharat Bandh is Bengaluru where transport facilities have come to a halt and schools were shut down on Monday. However, private schools have given the voluntarily powers to declare a holiday as confirmed by Shahi Kumar, secretary of Associated Managements of primary and secondary schools, Karnataka.
He said,” Private schools will not participate in the Bandh in the interest of students. We have communicated to heads of educational institutions that they can use their discretionary powers to decide on giving a holiday. Schools can declare a holiday provided they conduct classes”.
Reverting back to the Congress led Bharat Bandh, BJP member and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis accused the opposition parties and said that their government have lowered the fuel prices 13 times in the first three years.
CM said, “They know that oil prices are dependent on the international markets. This government reduced the price of petrol 13 times in the first three years. Now, international prices of crude oil have skyrocketed”.
He further added that if opposition are so concerned with the fuel prices then they should declare tax free on petrol and diesel for all those states where they are in power now. “But they will not do so, because this is all politically motivated”, Fadnavis said.