New Delhi: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) spokesperson Sasmit Patra on Sunday said that they were are neither supporting nor opposing the Bharat Bandh but they have been fighting against the price rise of petrol and diesel in the country since a long time and they would continue doing so. Patra said, “We are neither supporting nor opposing the Bharat Bandh.”

Patra alleged that the Congress had suddenly woke up from its slumber and is now protesting against the hike in fuel prices. He said, “Congress which was sleeping for the last 4.5 years has suddenly woken up. Why has it woken up now? To ensure safety and security of children all schools in the state will remain closed.”

Several political parties such as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have declared that they would join the Bharat Bandh called by the Congress party.

The Congress-led Opposition has called for the nationwide shutdown on September 10 against the Narendra Modi government’s alleged failure to check the spiralling fuel prices. The parties that have extended their support to the bandh call include RJD, MDMK, DMK, NCP and the Samajwadi Party.

“The Congress party has decided that we will give a call for Bharat Bandh on September 10, Monday, in order to highlight the Rs 11 lakh crore fuel loot, to demand that there should be immediate reduction in central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states, and that petrol and diesel be brought within GST so that the common man whose budget has gone haywire, they are provided with the requisite relief,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters on September 6.

The Congress said it will observe the bandh between 9 am to 3 pm on Monday (September 10) so that the common man is not inconvenienced.