Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Monday witnessed a state-wide shutdown called by the state’s ruling Left and the Congress-led opposition to protest against rising fuel prices. In wake of the shutdown, the public vehicle remained off the roads across Kerala while private vehicles were seen plying in many places. Further, shops, markets, and other establishments also remained closed.

There was a complete shutdown in Kasargode, the town that shares a border with Karnataka, as interstate buses kept off the roads.

“This is a protest against the wrong policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has also led to the rupee reaching record lows. Under Modi, the country has reached a low,” Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said while inaugurating his party’s protest in Kochi.

In Kollam, agitated Congress workers protested outside the Head Post office, demanding that it should be closed. In Thiruvananthapuram, the IT campus at Technopark is functioning and the ISRO units are also working as normal.

Meanwhile, the ruling left who have supported the shutdown has stressed that relief operation in Kerala’s flood-affected areas will go on smoothly and will remain affected by the bandh.

Bharat Bandh

The Congress-led Opposition has called for a Bharat bandh on Monday to protest against the rising fuel price and the falling value of the rupee against the US dollar. The bandh would be observed across the country between 9 am and 3 pm as the Congress party ‘does not want to cause inconvenience to the common masses’.

20 Opposition parties including Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the shutdown, the Left has also declared a nationwide hartal.