Chennai, Sep 7 : The Congress has called a Bharat Bandh on September 10 over rising fuel prices and said that several opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, TMC,DMK and the NCP, have extended support to its call. The Congress party has again demanded that petrol and diesel be brought under Goods and Services Tax (GST). The government had earlier rejected the demand saying most states were opposed to it.
DMK President M.K. Stalin on Friday said his party will actively participate in the Bharat Bandh called by the Congress on September 10 against the oil price hike.
Left parties will also observe a strike on that very day but separately. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has said that it will not force shutdown in West Bengal but will hit the streets in protest
In a statement issued , Stalin said the central government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party was interested on increasing the excise duty on the oil whenever the crude prices went down globally.
He said the Centre was not interested in passing on the benefits of the lower crude prices to the people.
It is not doing anything to halt the rupee slide against the dollar or to control the oil prices which is marching towards Rs 100 per litre, he added.
The Congress has called the steep rise in diesel and petrol prices as Rs 11 lakh crore ‘fuel loot. The Congress has also demanded that there should be immediate reduction in central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states.
“Many promises were made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before coming to power in 2014, but none were kept. When questions were raised by Congress President Rahul Gandhi about the Rafale fighter deal and Amit Shah’s son, those too went unanswered,” Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said .