The Congress on Thursday said the party would organise a nationwide shutdown on September 10 against the rising fuel prices and asked other opposition parties and civil society groups to join their protest against the BJP-led NDA government.
Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the common man was bearing the brunt of the escalating prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas and added that the Congress would also demand that petrol and diesel be brought within the ambit of the GST so that the “common man” is provided the requisite relief.
“The Congress party has decided that we will be giving a call for Bharat Bandh on September 10, Monday, in order to highlight the Rs 11 lakh crore fuel loot and to demand an immediate reduction in central excise duty as also excessive VAT in the state,” Surjewala said.
Surjewala said the Congress had also urged opposition parties to join the protest.
“We also call upon other societal groups, NGOs... to join this people’s movement,” Surjewala added.
(With PTI inputs)