New Delhi: BJP on Friday alleged the price hike
demonstrated that the government was "completely insensitive"
to the suffering of people and asked the UPA allies to
withdraw support as they were becoming a party to the "sins"
of the Manmohan Singh dispensation.
The party also appealed to the people to "revolt" against
the petrol price hike by not paying taxes.
In a press conference, former Finance Minister and BJP
leader Yashwant Sinha described yesterday`s petrol price hike
by Rs 1.80 per litre and the rise in food inflation to 12.21
per cent as `Terrible Thursday`.
"The weekly food inflation figures were released
yesterday. And then as if the government was waiting for this
cue, it increased petrol prices from midnight....I want to say
that this was a midnight massacre," Sinha said.
BJP charged that the government has become "completely
insensitive" to the suffering of the people and demanded a
"full justification" from it on this measure.
"This and the previous hike are totally unjustified.
Non-recovery of dues by the oil companies cannot be called
loss. All oil companies are making profits," Sinha said.
The main opposition held UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and
Prime Minister Singh responsible for the hike, saying such a
step was not possible without their consent.
"The time has come when the people will overthrow this
corrupt and arrogant government... I am asking the people of
India to revolt against it and show it the door," he said.
BJP also asked the UPA allies not to merely criticise the
government but to withdraw support.
"BJP is not going to accept proforma protest from the UPA
allies. You either say you are with the government and be
ready to share the blame or withdraw support. Supporting this
government is becoming party to its sins," Sinha said.
The Council also said in a statement that it was
scheduling the test and finalizing the syllabus in pursuance
of its commitment made to the Supreme Court in this matter.