Bharat Bandh: NCP extends support to Congress

New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday extended its support to Congress-led Bharat Bandh call on September 10 over fuel price hike and fall of the currency.

“The NCP appeals everybody for their cooperation and support to make this bandh a grand success,” the party said in a statement. On Thursday, the Congress party gave call for a Bharat Bandh on September 10.

Apart from NCP, other opposition parties including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) gave their consents of support to the nationwide shutdown.

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot told the media that the consensus to protest against the rising fuel prices and the rupee slump was reached after a meeting of all party general secretaries and the state leaders. He also said that while prices had hiked during the rule of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by the then prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the government took essential steps to control the situation.

Meanwhile, the left parties have given a separate call for bandh on the same day on the hike in fuel prices, the problem of farmers and unemployment issue.