NDA's general strike to be an all-BJP affair
The general strike called by Opposition NDA is to protest the Congress-led UPA government's "failure" to rein in rising prices is going to be an all-BJP affair.Updated: May 01, 2008, 19:38 IST
The general strike called by Opposition NDA on Friday to protest the Congress-led UPA government's "failure" to rein in rising prices is going to be an all-BJP affair.
Though the strike call was given after an NDA meeting last month, BJP on Thursday said it was a party programme and its allies have separate protest plans.
Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said shops and business establishments will be asked to down shutters but vehicles will be allowed to ply during the dawn-to-dusk strike.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said his party had held an agitation on the issue of price rise earlier and that it will not be part of Friday's strike.
Incidentally, Yadav had also not attended the NDA meeting held here on April 23 which took the decision to call a strike and form a human chain in Parliament.
Claiming that the government has failed completely to tackle the price rise, Javadekar said the announcements made by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament to address the issue will not provide relief to the common man.
He said inflation figures of the government on the basis of the wholesale price index (WPI) does not reflect the ground reality and demanded a separate price index of 50 essential commodities.
Javadekar also slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for saying that the corporates also have a societal obligation to assist government in fighting inflation.
"The Prime Minister has been shifting responsibilities on others. He should work first and then advise others," he said.
BJP cadres will also form humanchains in all district headquarters on Friday.