Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) party senior leaders and workers hold a torchlight procession during a protest against the fuel price hike ahead of Bharat Bandh, in Patna, Sunday
Bharat bandh called by Congress-led group of Opposition parties against rising petrol and diesel prices is set to disrupt normal life across India today. Schools, colleges and transport services are likely to be hit even as banks are likely to function as per usual.
According to the protest clarion issued by Congress, the Bharat Bandh intends to raise voice against ‘price rise’, ‘fall’ of rupee against the dollar and other issues that ‘affect’ the people across the country.
While on one hand, parties like BJD, TMC, Shiv Sena are not supporting the shutdown call by Congress, parties including DMK, SP, MNS, BSP, NCP, RLD, RJD, CPI, CPM, AIDUF, NC, JMM and AAP are backing it.
State governments across the country have made a slew of arrangements to avoid any disruptions to normal life. In Odisha and Karnataka, the governments have ordered schools to remain shut.
Here are the LATEST Updates on nationwide Bharat Bandh against rising prices:
06:27 am: Petrol at Rs 80.73/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) and diesel at Rs 72.83/litre (increase by Rs 0.22/litre) in Delhi. Petrol at Rs 88.12/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) and diesel at Rs 77.32/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) in Mumbai.
06:20 am: TMC supports protest but stays away from bandh: The ruling party in West Bengal TMC has decided to stay away from the bandh and has made a slew of arrangements to avoid disruptions to life. While the Congress has called the bandh for six hours from 9.00 am, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has called a 12-hour bandh starting from 6.00 am. Additional police personnel would be deployed throughout the state to ensure that there was no disruption or violence in connection with the bandh call.
06:15 am: Normal life is likely to be affected in JDS-Congress ruled Karnataka Monday by the ‘Bharat Bandh’. Functioning of public transport system, cinema theatres, multiplexes among others were expected to be hit in the state during the nation-wide bandh with the ruling Congress claiming the support of various trade unions. Schools have been ordered to remain shut.
06:10 am: MP fuel pumps to remain open, says owners’ assn: Speaking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh Petrol Pump Owners
Association president Ajay Singh said that fuel pumps would remain open Monday. “Petrol pumps across Madhya Pradesh will remain open and work normally on Monday,” Ajay Singh said Sunday.
06:05 am: ‘Centre increased excise duty 12 times on petrol, diesel’: Gujarat Congress leaders accused the Centre of revising excise duty on petrol and diesel twelve times leading to a sharp spike in their prices. The BJP-led Union government pocketed Rs 11 lakh crore from the public by raising taxes on fuel and not including petrol and diesel under GST, Congress leaders Sushil Kumar Shinde, Rajiv Satav and Amit Chavda claimed in two separate press conferences in Rajkot and Ahmedabad.
06:00 am: Schools to remain closed in Odisha: The ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha Sunday said it is neither opposing nor supporting the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Congress on Monday to protest the hike in fuel prices. BJD spokesman Samir Ranjan Das “We are not supporting nor opposing the Bharat Bandh.” He, however, said the state government has already announced holiday of schools on Monday keeping in view the safety of children.