Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Thursday called a Bharat Bandh (nationwide shutdown) on May 31 against petrol price hike.
The decision was announced by the NDA's acting chairman and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani at the party's national executive meet here.
"In the history of the country, there has never been such steep rise on a single day in the price of petrol," Advani said.
"To protest against this arbitrary hike, the NDA has decided to organise a day-long peaceful protest, including a 'bandh', in the entire country on May 31," Advani said, appealing to the people to make the shutdown successful.
In New Delhi, NDA convener and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav said that the shutdown was announced after consulting all allies.
"Government has washed his hands of the decision on price hike but in reality, it happens only when the government wants. The government will also be increasing prices of diesel and LPG (cooking gas) after the presidential elections get over," he claimed.