New Delhi, May 2: The Opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is observing a general strike today to protest against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government's inability to control rising prices of essential commodities. The strike call was given on April 22 after an NDA meeting chaired by Leader of the Opposition L K Advani. Leaders of Akali Dal, Biju Janata Dal leader (BJD) and Shiv Sena attended the meeting.
However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that it was going to be the party's programme and its allies would have separate protest plans. Javadekar demanded a separate consumer price index (CPI) of 50 essential commodities as the inflation figures of the Industry Ministry on the basis of the wholesale price index (WPI) does not reflect the ground reality.
Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav said his party would not be part of today's strike as it had already held an agitation on the issue of price rise.