New Delhi: The BJP on Monday dubbed the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Congress-led opposition against spiralling fuel prices as an attempt to confuse the masses and spread rumours, adding that people with “puncture the grand alliance balloon” floated by the main opposition party.

Union minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took on the Congress, saying it has been a “history-sheeter” on the issue of price rise whenever it was in power and is now shedding crocodile tears.

Accusing the opposition party of trying to create a “negative atmosphere” in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014, he wondered if some “invisible hand” gave “supari” (contract) to destroy the progress India has made.

“The Congress is a cruise of corruption and whichever party joins it will sink with it,” he said, adding this is the reason several opposition parties have kept away from the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call given by the opposition party.

“’Bharat’ will not be ‘bandh’, it will keep moving and progressing. No one is paying heed to this call by Congress, their ‘Mahagatbandhan’ balloon will also burst soon,” he added.

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in May 2014 inflation hovered around 11 per cent and he has now brought it down to around four per cent with his policies and honest work, Naqvi said, expressing the hope that it will come down further.

The Congress and several parties have given a call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ to protest the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.

“Through violence and anarchy it is trying to spread rumour and confusion among the masses,” Naqvi said.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the “frustrated opposition” doesn’t have any strategy and leadership, adding that they will “even lose their position as opposition”.

The Congress-led Opposition has called for a Bharat bandh on Monday to protest against the rising fuel price and the falling value of the rupee against the US dollar.

The bandh would be observed across the country between 9 am and 3 pm as the Congress party ‘does not want to cause inconvenience to the common masses’.

20 Opposition parties including Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharshtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the shutdown, the Left has also declared a nationwide hartal.