New Delhi: JD (U) on Saturday sought to bring the
entire opposition together on the issue of fuel price hike by
appealing to them to join hands for a `Bharat Bandh` to
protest against the "anti-people" move of the government.
"The UPA government has not only increased fuel prices
but has also decided to hand over the country to the market.
Government is under a false impression that the opposition is
divided and hence, it can do whatever it likes," party
president Sharad Yadav told reporters here.
The central government`s notion about any division in the
opposition should be dispelled, he added.
"I request all opposition parties to come together to
organise a nation-wide bandh and corner the government in Lok
Sabha," he said recalling that the entire opposition had
walked out from Lok Sabha on the issue of fuel price hike in
the last session of Parliament.
"Even this time, no political party has welcomed it and
almost everybody has demanded its rollback," he said, adding
that even within the UPA, DMK, NCP and Trinamool Congress had
demanded a rollback of the decision.
Yadav, however, took a dig at these parties saying, "they
are engaging in hypocrisy. They are opposing (the government`s
decision) but at the same time enjoying the power. This is not
correct. We don`t need them. If the opposition is united, the
government won`t dare to do it."
He said there is a need to agitate right from streets to
Parliament (Sansad se Sadak) on the issue and provide
leadership to people who were hit hard by the fuel price hike.
"I strongly urge all opposition parties to put aside
their mutual differences and oppose the decision with full
gusto together in areas where they are powerful," he said.
Yadav said UPA`s "faulty policies" had led to price rise
throughout the country and the government has not "taken any
serious measure to control it.
To a question on whether his party demands resignation of
the UPA government on the issue of price rise, Yadav said,
"Not only resignation but I want to throw out the government
with a push."
The JD(U) chief said, "the UPA government and the Prime
Minister are responsible for spiralling prices."
To a question on whether he is hopeful that Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh would be able to control prices, Yadav
replied in the negative and said in a lighter vein, "nothing
can be controlled by him. He is only for nuclear deal."
Disapproving the decision to allow petrol companies to
fix petroleum prices, Yadav said the government has no policy
on how to bring down the dependency on diesel.
He rued that prices of petrol and diesel have been
increased five times in last six years of UPA government.
Yadav said even the poorest of the poor, who use
kerosene, have not been spared.
"The UPA government came to power on the promise of
supporting `Aam Admi`. But they betrayed them and made their
life miserable... they are bent upon pleasing only the rich
and are not at all concerned about the poor," he said
wondering "How can the UPA government claim that they are for
the poor people?"
Expressing serious concern over increasing food prices,
which he felt has upset the monthly household budget of a
common man, Yadav said, "the government only makes false
announcements to bring down the prices but on the ground, it
does not take any steps."
He also took a dig at the Food Security policy of the
government and alleged that there are irregularities in the
distribution of foodgrains alloted for BPL families.
Yadav said "corruption is at its peak in the UPA
government and not a single person involved in it has been
punished" in last six years of UPA`s rule. The JD(U) leader
rued that the central government has taken any action against
commodity exchange either.