New Delhi: Amid the nationwide shutdown called by the opposition over spiralling fuel prices, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday reiterated the Centre’s stand that the issue of spike in price is not in under government’s control, attributing the issue to global factors.

Oil producing nations, OPEC, have been restricting their exports, there is an economic crisis in Venezuela, the US has reimposed sanctions on Iran and it is yet to fully realise its shale gas production, said Prasad in a press conference.

The petroleum needs in the world today is facing severe crisis due to non-availability in the international market, he said.

Slamming the violence during Bharat Bandh called by the Congress-led Opposition, Prasad said, “Everyone has a right to protest but what is happening today? Petrol pumps and buses being set ablaze, putting to risk lives. A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protests in Bihar’s Jehanabad. Who is responsible?”

A two-year-old ailing girl died after the ambulance carrying her was stuck in the protests in Bihar’s Jehanabad. Her parents alleged that the child could have been saved if the ambulance was allowed to move.

“Congress is trying to derail democracy. Emergency services hit by bandh call. We stand by the people of the nation,” said Prasad.

“It’s the essence of democracy that hospitals, ambulances, and medicine shops are allowed to function without any hindrance. But, with the death of 2-year-old in Bihar today, an environment of fear is being created,” he added.

The people understand that the price hike is not due to internal factors, but due to global factors that are not in government’s hands, said the Law Minister.

Prasad slammed the shutdown called by the Congress-led opposition saying that the people are not in support of it.

“Bharat Bandh has been unsuccessful; we condemn the violence being used to instil fear among citizens across the country,” he said.

“BJP believes that in spite of some momentary difficulty, the people aren’t in support of the Bandh. This is unnerving the Congress and other opposition parties,” he added.