NDA urges res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in ‘Bharat bandh’ to­day

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CHANDI­GARH: Lo­cal lead­ers of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) in Chandi­garh have ap­pelaed to all or­gan­i­saitons and res­i­dents of the tric­ity to par­tic­i­pate in the 'Bharat bandh' on Thurs­day against the petrol price hike. The Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) and Janta Dal (United) will also par­tic­i­pate in the bandh.

Adress­ing me­di­a­per­sons here on Wed­nes­day, for­mer BJP MP Satya Pal Jain and for­mer union min­is­ter Har­mo­han Dhawan called upon the peo­ple of the tric­ity, es­pe­cially youths, to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the bandh.

For­mer MP Satya Pal Jain said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be ac­tively in­volved in the bandh, adding that peo­ple should or­gan­ise pro­ces­sions and burn ef­fi­gies of Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh for mak­ing false claims about con­trol­ling in­fla­tion.

Jain said the UPA-led gov­ern­ment was mis­lead­ing the gen­eral public on the is­sue of petrol price hike as it had been is­su­ing state­ments that the oil com­pa­nies were in­cur­ring losses. "The facts are just the op­po­site as In­dian Oil has gen­er­ated a rev­enue of Rs 10,000 crore while BPL has gen­er­ated Rs 1,000 crore. The fuel price hike is caus­ing in­fla­tion and cor­rup­tion for which only the UPA gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble", he said.

For­mer MP Har­mo­han Dhawan said in the past three years, cor­rup­tion had en­gulfed the en­tire coun­try, lead­ing to in­fla­tion and un­em­ploy­ment.

"The Congress is unan­i­mously re­spon­si­ble for this sad state of af­fairs as it has failed to ful­fil

We will go to the mar­kets and ap­peal to shop­keep­ers to close their es­tab­lish­ments. We need ev­ery­one’s sup­port to make this protest a suc­cess JAGJ I T S I N G H K A N G

SAD leader

its prom­ises made at the time of elec­tions," he said.

Surinder Bhard­waj, pres­i­dent, JD(U), Chandi­garh has urged the traders of the tric­ity to down the shut­ters of their es­tab­lish­ments, ad­vo­cates to shun the courts, be­sides ap­peal­ing to the youths and other sec­tions of so­ci­ety to fully par­tic­i­pate in the bandh. "Till the UPA gov­ern­ment does not re­voke its decision on the hike of the petrol prices, we will con­tinue to hold such protests," he said.

SAD leader Jagjit Singh Kang said, "We will go to the mar­kets and ap­peal to shop­keep­ers to close their es­tab­lish­ments. We need ev­ery­one's sup­port to make this protest a suc­cess."

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