NDA urges residents to participate in ‘Bharat bandh’ today
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
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."