New Delhi: Speaking at the Ramlila Maidan on Monday during the Congress-led Bharat Bandh, former prime minister Manmohan Singh launched a scathing attack at the Centre and said, “The Narendra Modi Government has done a number of things which were not in the interest of the nation. The time to change this government will come soon.” Calling out to the Opposition parties to unite against the BJP, he said, “We (Opposition) must leave our differences behind and get together. We should be ready to protect our democracy and the media should also fulfil its responsibility.” (Catch LIVE Updates of The Bandh Here)
Singh said, “The public is tired and angry; the farmers are disturbed and the youth are upset. There are no jobs.” The bandh has been called by the Congress, with the support of as many as 20 other parties, against the ever-increasing fuel prices in the country. Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Meira Kumar said, “Bharat Bandh will surely have an impact on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his leadership. Also, this Bharat Bandh will also have an impact on the people of this nation, because they will get to know that we as Opposition are with them in hard times. Opposition unity is showing our power and PM Modi’s weakness.”
Fuel prices have continued to rise even today with petrol and diesel being sold at Rs 80.73 and Rs 72.83 per litre in the national capital. Taking a stand against the same, several Opposition party leaders and workers started their protest against the BJP-led central government in various parts of the country. The Congress is also running an anti-Centre campaign on Twitter with #MehangiPadiModiSarkar. One tweet shows a comparison of prices of essential commodities during the UPA regime and the NDA regime. In another one, it points out how the rupee has hit a new low against the US dollar.
“It’s time for the Modi government to leave. The people will now not tolerate inflation. 132 crore people of this country are leaders. Modi ji forget this that you are the only leader. Now people will not tolerate their ego and lies. It’s time for their farewell,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.