The Congress on Saturday said the bandh called by its former allies RJD and LJP against fuel price rise in poll bound Bihar was a political gimmick.
"It is a political gimmick...Both of them (Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan) were cabinet ministers in the UPA government in its first term and the fuel prices were the same as of now. But they continued to enjoy the ministerial perks," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.
The RJD and LJP had stayed away from the Bharat Bandh called by the NDA and the Left parties on July 5 and had called a state wide bandh today to protest against the fuel price hike.
Ahmed said if the bandh was against the fuel price hike, it was unjustified as both Prasad and Paswan never raised it when they were part of the government.
Asked about price rise, the spokesman said the government was concerned about it.
"But if there is a big difference between the wholesale price index and the retail price index, it is the responsibility of the state government. Such difference exists due to the hoarders and black marketeers. State governments should crack the whip to check such practices," he added.