New Delhi: Holding protests across the country against fuel price hike and seeking its immediate
roll-back, BJP on Saturday accused the government of being "insensitive to the sufferings of the common man" and imposing "economic Emergency" on the country.
Lashing out at the Congress-led UPA government, Leader
of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said "Congress came to power
on the slogan `Congress ka haath aam adami ke saath` but has
become totally insensitive to the sufferings of the common
She said the "the victims of fuel price hike are
housewives, farmers and the poorest of the poor".
BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Khan said "the step exposed the
Congress face that reminded people of the days of Emergency.
It would not be an exaggeration if we say it was like imposing
economic Emergency on the nation".
"As if the wounds inflicted by the government through
continued price rise were not enough, the latest round of fuel
price hike was like rubbing salt in the wounds of the common
people. And by terming it as `nominal` was like adding further
salt in the wounds", he said.
The BJP leader said "the poor was turning poorer and the
sufferings of the common man were increasing but the
government was not bothered", while questioning further "if it
was Manmohan Singh`s government or Manmohan Singh`s company".
"This government was not for the welfare of the common
man but that of a private company as it was more worried about
the oil companies` welfare than the common man", Hussain said.
Hussain said inflation will again cross 10 per cent. "It
was like hitting at the common man`s pockets", he said, adding
UPA allies should stop paying lip service and pressurise the
government for roll back of fuel hike.