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Many oppn parties to participate in Cong-led Bharat Bandh, TMC to stay away

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A number of opposition parties will unitedly protest the rise in fuel prices in the country on Monday and participate in the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the

Top opposition party leaders like Sharad Pawar, M K and left leaders have openly extended their support for the call for shut down, while the Trinamool has decided to stay away from the protest.

The ruling TMC in has expressed support on the issues on which the shut down has been called, but said it was against any kind of strike in the state according to the stated policy of party supremo and

alleged that the has "looted" Rs 11 lakh crore from the people of the country in the last 52 months and was running a "profiteering company" rather than a government.

The way gas, diesel and petrol prices are increasing every day, it has caused great distress to farmers, he said.

"We demand that petrol and diesel be brought under the ambit of the GST. High prices of petrol and diesel found no mention in the BJP's national meeting because they are not bothered about the pain of public," Surjewala said.

He also urged people to bring about a change in the country by ousting the BJP from power.

Earlier, Congress said 21 opposition parties are supporting the Bharat bandh, besides a number of chambers of commerce and traders' associations.

"DMK will extend complete support to the Bharat call by the protesting against the BJP government for steep rise in prices of petrol and diesel. I urge the people and party cadre to make the on September 10 a big success," has said.

In view of the call, Congress has urged party workers not to indulge in any violent protest.

"I appeal to all Congress workers to make the bandh violence-free. We are and we should not associate ourselves with any violence," Maken said a

Petrol and diesel prices set new records Sunday. According to the price notification issued by state fuel retailers, petrol price was raised by 12 paise a litre and diesel by ?10 paise per litre on Sunday.

Holding the BJP government responsible for the rise in petrol and diesel prices, Maken alleged that it kept on raising excise duty on fuel even as international have come down.

"Between 2014 and now, excise duty on petrol has risen by 211.7 per cent and 433 per cent on diesel. The excise duty on petrol was Rs 9.2 per litre in 2014 and it has gone up to Rs 19.48 per litre. Similarly, the excise duty on diesel was Rs 3.46 per litre and today it stands at Rs 15.33 per litre," he said.

Maken said that he was "pained" to see that BJP's national meeting here remained silent on the rising crude oil price issue and has not held any discussions on inflation or rupee depreciation, matters which are directly linked with the common man.

"I am pained that the meeting did not discuss a solution to these issues," he said.

Maken alleged the economic progress and GDP growth rate, which the maintained, has been squandered by the present dispensation.

"During our rule, Narendra Modi criticised the rising saying it has gone into ICU. What would they say now?" he asked.

Hitting out at the BJP for attacking the Congress with 'make in breaking India' barb, Maken alleged the government has stalled the make in initiative as 109 Rafale jets could have been manufactured at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, a PSU.

He also said the government has not yielded to the opposition's demand for a probe into the alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal.

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First Published: Sun, September 09 2018. 21:55 IST