New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) Continuing its attack on the Narendra Modi government over the sharp rise in fuel prices, rise in prices of essential commodities and the sharp fall in the value of Rupee vis a vis the US dollar, the Congress on Thursday gave a call for Bharat Bandh on September 10, demand rollback of Excise duties, imposed on petroleum products and for bringing the petroleum products under the GST.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the AICC General Secretary In-charges of all states and PCC chiefs, along with senior leader Ahmed Patel, Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot.
Addressing a joint press conference, along with Patel, Kharge, AICC General Secretary Motilal Vora and AICC Media In-charge Randeep Surjewala, Gehlot said, ‘The common man of the country is oppressed with the sharp rise in prices of essential commodities, the sky-rocketing prices of Petroleum products and the sharp fall in the value of the Indian Rupee.
‘Therefore, it was decided at the meeting of the AICC General Secretary In-charges that a call should be given to people to observe a Bharat Bandh on September 10. As part of the observance of Bharat Bandh, the Congress workers across the country will undertake protests against the sharp rise in Excise duties and to demand inclusion of petrol and diesel in the GST.
Patel talked to the leaders of all Opposition parties, who shared the concern expressed by the Congress and said they would also organise protests in their own way.
‘To avoid inconvenience to the people, the Bharat Bandh has been called from 0900 hrs to 1500 hrs on September 10.’
Speaking on the occasion, AICC Media In-charge Randeep Surjewala said, ‘A protest will be called on September 10 against the loot by the Centre, which has levied Rs 11 lakh crore from the common man by way of Excise duties on petroleum products, since it came to power in 2014.
‘Since the Narendra Modi Governmet came to power, the Excise duty on Petrol has increased from Rs nine per litre to Rs 19 per litre, an increase of over 200 per cent, while the Excise duty on diesel has increased by over 400 per cent.
‘Also, an RTI query says that while petrol prices in the country are at Rs 79 per litre in Delhi, petrol is being sold to 15 countries at Rs 39 per litre.
‘It will also be a protest against the sharp rise in prices since this government came to power at the Centre. Also, since this government came to power, prices of LPG cylinder have increased by over 100 per cent. The rail tariff has increased from Rs six per km to Rs 9 per km. The Opposition parties have also agreed to support the mass movement by the Congress,’ he added.