Mukherjee termed the bandh, slamming it as the 'cheap and opportunistic politics at the cost of the nation'. He also reiterated that there is no question of fuel price rollback. He was addressing a conference organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
Pranab Mukherjee said that it was up to the parties to decide their methods of protest.
Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said that the hartal nationwide was not a solution and that it was unjustified.