Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Thursday termed the nationwide bandh called by the BJP-led NDA as "illegal and unethical attempt" to hold the people of country to ransom.
"Despite knowing well that UPA did not have any other alternative but to hike petrol prices, BJP and other parties are trying to present an unrealistic picture by misguiding people with exaggerated and false reasoning. This is an endeavour with a motive of converting unrest among people into distrust against the UPA," MPCC spokesman Sachin Sawant said in a statement.
He said the opposition tried to create a picture of mass support by infusing terror among people by damaging buses, pelting stones and burning tyres.
"Only BJP supporters were on street and that too not in big numbers. Many people opted to stay at home and traders shut their shops because of the fear of getting assaulted by hoodlums," he said, adding the bandh was an illegal and unethical attempt to hold the people of country to ransom.
"Thousands of crores have been lost in one day. As per the law, these parties and their leaders must compensate for this," he demanded while recalling that the policy of doing away with subsidies was initiated by the NDA when it was in power.