Oppn plans stir, BJP, a signature campaign
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for asserting that the petroleum product price hikes would not be reversed.delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2010 01:21 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for asserting that the petroleum product price hikes would not be reversed.
The party also launched a campaign to collect five crore signatures against inflation to submit to President Pratibha Patil. This follows the party’s protests against inflation in Lucknow, Chandigarh and Delhi.
In the states also, opposition parties staged demonstrations and shutdowns. Kerala witnessed the most successful shutdown, as the ruling Left Democratic Front gave the call for a statewide motor strike.
In Andhra Pradesh, Telegu Desam Party leader N Chandrababu Naidu presented the most dramatic show by riding a bullock cart and then a bicycle — his party’s election symbol — on Tuesday.
In UP, the BJP strike was as much against the “runway food prices” as against “Mayawati government’s administrative terrorism”. The BJP claimed success of the strike and declared that the protest would continue.
BJP leader and spokesman Prakash Javdekar said in New Delhi: “On April 21, there will be a gherao of Parliament on the issue. NDA (National Democratic Alliance) floor leaders will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the strategy.”
The BJP also hopes to drive a wedge in the ruling alliance, as Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress and the DMK already opposed the fuel price hike.
A senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity: “Banerjee cannot vote to topple the government, and will lose face if she supports price hike. The government may not lose the vote, but the ruling alliance will lose face.”
(With inputs from Hyderabad, Lucknow and Thiruvananthapuram)