Fuel price hike: Mayawati says Congress and BJP equally responsible
Updated:  Sep 13, 2018, 09:00 AM
BSP president Mayawati blames both BJP and Congress for the hike in fuel price. Her remarks holding the previous UPA government and the BJP equally responsible for the steep hike in fuel prices has ruffled many a feather in the Congress rank and file whose leaders feel it will once again raise a question mark on attempts at striking Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Mayawati's statement came a day after her the 'Bharat bandh' call given by Cong on the issue in which her party stayed away.
"These remarks, at a time when the need for unity among Opposition parties is being felt clearly among all partners, could send a wrong signal both to the public and the ruling party which is already doubting our strength," a Congress insider said Thursday requesting anonymity.
"Party workers are not happy with the BSP president's observations and they are very skeptical about her intentions," he added.
A senior Congress leader said it’s all a bargaining tactics for more seats in the Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
"By doing so, she is sort of trying to gain upper hand in negotiations for the Assembly seats in these states...it is, however, for the Central leadership to understand that we should weigh our options and potential before entering into any alliance," he stressed.
Speaking on the issue of fuel price hike, BSP chief has stated both the NDA and the UPA had disregarded the interest of the farmers and the poor. Mayawati said, UPA regime had brought fuel out of government control and the NDA continued with the policy. She added after coming to power in 2014, the NDA had deregulated diesel, which had hurt the interest of the poor.
In the political circle, her statement is viewed as a dent in opposition unity against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. She had also criticised incidents of violence in some states during the protest, saying her party had always desisted from such acts.
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