Kashmir (J&K): Launching a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the rising fuel prices, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that the ones who had been protesting in the year 2012 over the rising petrol and diesel prices are in power today.

“Why was there a Bharat Bandh in the first place? If you listen to the 2012 speeches of those in power today, they were shouting about petrol and diesel prices. Today the prices are surpassing prices of that time, Rupee has weakened against Dollar. We are in trouble,” Farooq Abdullah said, news agency ANI reported.

The Congress party called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday over the rising fuel prices across the country and the falling value of the rupee against the dollar. Briefing the media after the end of the protest, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that it was the Modi government which led to a situation like this (Bharat Bandh) in the country.

“Today’s Bharat Bandh has been successful across the country. Congress party has never held Bharat Bandh before, we don’t even believe in Bharat Bandh, but since the time Modi govt has come there has been a situation that led to this,” Gehlot said.

He further said, “People willingly participated in Bharat Bandh against the government and taught them (Modi government) a lesson. At least now, govt should reduce prices and mend its way. But they are not worried at all. So, we all need to save democracy. It is in danger.”

Opposition leaders on Monday accused the Modi government of pursuing “anti-people policies” and cheating the people on various issues and remaining silent on the rising prices of fuel and other essential items. Addressing a joint opposition protest rally at the Ramlila Maidan, Sharad Pawar accused the regime of betraying people and said that a beginning had been made to oust the “anti-people” government.

“We have to bring about a change. If a change has to be brought, all political parties who work to protect the interests of people have to make joint efforts to remove this anti-people government. If we are ready to proceed on this path, we will get the support of people… power has gone into wrong hands and we will rid the country of it,” the former Union Minister said.