Patna: Claiming the country was passing
through the worst economic and inflationary phase during
the UPA government`s second term headed by an economist, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, the BJP Sunday urged people to make
tomorrow`s NDA-sponsored `Bharat Bandh` a success.
"India has been facing its worst economic and
inflationary trends since the UPA government returned to power
last year with the latest petroleum price hike, further
aggravating inflation and hardship to the common man, BJP
national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.
Claiming that the latest petro price rise will
escalate inflation of food products at 20 per cent and general
inflation at 12 per cent, he asked the Centre to explain the
justification for its decision in this regard.
Prasad charged the Congress with ignoring interests
of common people and said NDA has decided to expose conspiracy
behind the price rise and hence given the bandh call.
With the Congress slated to field its top leadership
including party president Sonia Gandhi, national general
secretary Rahul Gandhi and even the prime minister in
electoral turf of Bihar later this year, these leaders must
explain if the "health of petroleum companies was more
important that the health of the common man", BJP said.
Otherwise, what could be the rationale of petroleum
prices` increase in India when these products were being sold
at the rate of Rs 22 to Rs 36 in neighbouring countries, he
asked and suggested the UPA government should slash the taxes
on such products to give relief to the people.