Bharat Bandh Was Successful Across Country: Ashok Gehlot

Ashok Gehlot
Congress Senior Leader and Rajashthan CM Ashok Gehlot

New Delhi, Sep 10 : Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Monday said that the Bharat Bandh against the spiraling petrol and diesel prices which reached record levels on Monday  was successful across the country.

Briefing the media about the Congress party-led Bharat Bandh, he said, “Congress party has never held Bharat Bandh before, we don’t even believe in Bharat Bandh, but since the time Modi government has come there has been a situation that led to this.”

A nationwide shutdown call was given by the Congress and Left parties against the spiralling petrol and diesel prices which reached record levels on Monday.The Bharat Bandh called by the Congress to protest the rising fuel prices has thrown normal life out of gear across the country.

Gehlot further said that people willingly participated in Bharat Bandh against the government and taught them a lesson. “At least now, the government should reduce prices and mend its way. But they are not worried at all. So, we all need to save democracy. It is in danger,” he added.

Taking a dig at the BJP over high fuel rates, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, “The BJP claims global prices are the reasons for high petrol prices. Again they’re lying. High customs and excise duties have been levied by the Modi government from which they have profited by Rs 11,00,000 crore. Global crude oil prices have gone down by 40 per cent yet price of petrol and diesel is higher than that during the UPA regime. This is due to VAT. In Chhattisgarh, VAT on petrol is 26.90 per cent. In MP, VAT on petrol is 35.80 per cent. Is this high taxation due to global reasons?” He said this was due to the “failure of Modinomics”.

At least 20 Opposition parties including Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the shutdown and the Left has also declared a nationwide hartal.

However, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a non-NDA party, said although it is against the fuel price hike, it will not support the Bandh. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a similar stand in Delhi. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) ruling in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively, also did not support the call.

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