Bandh will convey public anger against PM Modi’s policies, says Dinesh Gundurao

BENGALURU: In a bid to make the nation-wide bandh called by his party on September 10 a success, KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao on Saturday spoke about how the shutdown would convey people’s anger and hardship caused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies. Speaking to the media here, Mr Rao charged that the government led by Mr Modi looted a whopping Rs 11 lakh crore by hiking prices of oil over the last four and half years.

"Acche din and sabka saat sabka Vikas have remained slogans and words for campaign. Nothing has been implemented on the ground. His assurances of 2014 have remained unfulfilled and his policies have resulted in killing of hundreds of people on the street," he charged.  According to him, de-controlling policy has been wrongly used. “The benefits that we got through de-controlling policy of petroleum products has been used to their advantage.  The BJP has looted the country," he charged.

He emphasised that Bharat bandh was to protest against price rise, fall of rupee against the dollar and other issues that affect people across the country. "Our objective is not to trouble people or torment them. This bandh should be spontaneous. We are living in the most difficult times," he added.

JD(S) backs bandh call
The  Janata Dal(S) has come out in support of the Bharath bandh called by the Congress on September 10 to protest the  spiralling prices of petrol and diesel in the country. Announcing this at a press conference here on Saturday, state JD(S) president, H Vishwanath, said  the unprecedented rise in the prices of petroleum products in the country had a cascading effect on the prices of essential commodities and industrial production.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been silent on the issue and  miserably failed to contain the rising prices of petrol and diesel,” he regretted, adding that the JD(S) was not supporting the bandh as a  partner of the Congress in the state’s coalition government, but in response to the suffering of the people over  the last six months due to the increase in fuel prices.  

“The country's economy has gone for a toss and the banking industry has nosedived. Mr Modi ,who built castles in the air with his sweet talk, has failed to improve the lot of the poor and middle class,” Mr Vishwanath charged. Recalling that the people had a lot of expectation from the Prime Minister when he came to power in 2014, he claimed they were now entirely disillusioned with his “anti-poor policies.” 

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