Congress and 21 political parties are observing a ‘Bharat Bandh’ across the country today to protest the steep rise of petrol and diesel prices, causing hardships to the common man and the poor. Although the parties and some non-BJP state governments had promised not to inconvenience people and ensure supply of essential services, the shutdown is expected to affect normal life in many parts of the country.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, AAP MP Sanjay Singh and others join Congress-led bandh protest against fuel price hike ar Ramleela Maidan.
While Karnataka and Odisha governments declared a holiday owing to the bandh, the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government said there would be rallies without a strike. Congress workers vandalise a petrol pump in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain. MNS workers forcefully shutdown shops and establishments at Bharatmata Junction Naka, Parel in Mumbai. Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thakre have been detained and taken to DN Nagar police station.
Tens of people have been detained in Assam from multiple districts after they tried to block roads and highways to enforce the Bharat Bandh, a senior police official said. “There have been no reports of any violence so far,”said Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia. The shutdown evoked partial response in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.Bus services were affected since early morning in both the states. Many private educational institutions also remained closed.