Congress Calls For 'Bharat Bandh' On September 10 Over Rising Fuel Prices

| September 7 , 2018 , 14:25 IST

Terming the steep rise in petrol and diesel prices as a Rs 11 lakh crore 'fuel loot,' the Congress party has called for a 'Bharat bandh' protest on September 10, for which the DMK on Friday also added its support.

The Congress has demanded immediate reduction in central excise duty and excessive VAT and reiterated its earlier demands that petrol and diesel be brought under the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is expected to reduce the price of the fuels. Earlier, the government had rejected the demand of bringing fuel under GST, claiming that most states were opposed to it.

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"The mismanagement of economy has led to high prices. When fuel prices were rising during the UPA regime, taxes were reduced to take the burden off the people. But due to the mismanagement by the current government, the prices of petrol, diesel and gas cylinders have gone up steeply," Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said at a press conference.

"We decided for the Bharat Bandh call today after a meeting of all party general secretaries and the state leaders," he said.

Gehlot specified that Congress workers would protest at petrol stations across the country between 10 AM and 3 PM on September 10.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that most Opposition parties have given their support to the bandh.

"Consultations are going on with three or four parties. The SP, RJP and NCP have agreed. We have not consulted BSP yet and so far as TMC is concerned, they have agreed to support the agitation," he said.