BJP launches agitation against inflation, flays govt
The BJP on Friday accused the Government of adopting "several tricks" including "misuse" of CBI to maintain majority and secure the support of political parties in Parliament and during elections.
Launching the party's 'Jail Bharo' agitation against inflation and recent hike in petroleum products here, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley claimed the Government has lost the confidence of the common man and that it has "failed" on all fronts.
"Public is not with the government. They cannot run the government. They are not able to manage things and governance is zero under UPA. Only thing the government is doing is to adopt several tricks to mislead other political parties to get their work done in Parliament and other elections," he told a protest rally here attended by former party President Rajnath Singh and Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta.
After the rally, Singh, Gupta, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and hundreds of BJP cadres courted arrest.
"When Left parties withdrew support to the UPA on the Nuclear Deal (in 2008), Samajwadi Party came to its rescue.
All of us saw how the Samajwadi Party made a U-turn within 24 hours on the Presidential elections. Even the BSP made a U-turn on the issue," Jaitley said.
He alleged the Government was using Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a "tool to maintain majority."
Jaitely also said the political situation in the country is such that "one gets an impression after reading the report by interlocutors on Kashmir that the government wants to divide the country." However, he did not elaborate.
On the recent hike in petroleum products, the BJP leader alleged the Centre was not reducing the price of petrol despite the prices of crude oil coming down in the global market.
"The Government maintains that it had to hike prices of petrol due to increase in crude oil. The rate of crude oil which was USD 127 has come down to USD 90 yesterday. Even now the government is not reducing the price," he said.