With the Left parties and the NDA led by the BJP calling for a nation wide strike on September 20 to protest FDI in retail and diesel price hike, BJP leader Uma Bharati Wednesday said in Kolkata that there is "little difference" between the "red" and the "orange".
"I will just say one thing there is a little difference between orange and red," said Bharati, when asked whether the Left was trying to fish in troubled waters by giving a strike call on the same day that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chosen for a nation wide strike.
Uma Bharati was alluding to the "orange" colour of the BJP flag, and the "red" of the Left parties.
The Left parties have always denied any association with the BJP.
The Samajwadi Party has joined hands with the Left on the issues of diesel price hike and foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and will join the protest Sept 20.
The BJP Monday claimed that its call for a nation wide shutdown Sep 20 against the UPA government's decisions as well as corruption was getting spontaneous support of the people.
Bharati's indirect comment only strengthens the claims and allegations of the Trinamool Congress - the ruling party of West Bengal - that both the BJP and the Left have joined hands against the central government.