Charging the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government with failure to check the unprecedented price rise and protect the interests of the common man and the poor, the BJP on Sunday announced a “March to Parliament” (Sansad Chalo) and a protest rally on April 21 in the capital.
Addressing a press conference here, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said the nation was witnessing unbridled food inflation, which threatens to cross the double-digit mark.
“The 2009 general election results have been misunderstood by the Congress, and have driven its leadership to electoral arrogance resulting in the UPA-II government being insensitive to the sufferings of the aam aadmi,” he said.
Mr. Kumar said lakhs of workers and party representatives from all over the country would attend the rally on the Ramlila Grounds. After the rally, the leaders would lead a protest march to Parliament passing through the main streets of Delhi. The rally would be attended by all Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled States and central leaders.
“The BJP understands the aam aadmi's anguish and has therefore called upon its workers all over the country to march to Parliament. The UPA-II is indifferent to the plight of the people and has failed to curb the price rise, especially that of essential commodities. The household budgets have gone haywire and people are battling for survival,” Mr. Kumar said.
Demanding a probe by the Joint Parliamentary Committee into the ‘scam' behind the unprecedented price rise, Mr. Kumar said it was unfortunate that hoarders and wrongdoers were being patronised by Union Ministers and the blame for the price rise was being put on the high consumption of food by the middle class as well as the poor.