The Congress is now gearing up to reach masses against Narendra Modi government on burning issues, ahead of 2019 polls, particularly keeping in view of forthcoming assembly polls in the north. It has decided to organise a Bharath Bandh on September 10, protesting against unprecedented rising fuel prices.
This decision was taken by party senior leaders, in the absence of party chief Rahul Gandhi, who is now on a pilgrimage to Manasarovar. Party leaders have urged other opposition parties and civil society groups to join their protest against the government.
Making this announcement, , Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said that the common man was bearing the brunt of the escalating prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. “The Congress party has decided that we will be giving a call for Bharat Bandh on September 10, Monday, in order to highlight the Rs 11 lakh crore fuel loot and to demand an immediate reduction in central excise duty as also excessive VAT in the state,” he added.
Surjewala said the Congress will also demand petrol and diesel should be brought within the ambit of the GST so that the “common man whose budget has gone haywire is provided the requisite relief”. He also urged opposition parties to join the protest.