New Delhi: 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.
However, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a non-NDA party, said although it is against the fuel price hike, it will not support the Bandh. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a similar stand in Delhi. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) ruling in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana respectively, are also not supporting the call.
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal said that it supports the issues raised by the Opposition parties but it is against strikes since these lead to loss of working hours. However, the party will hold protest rallies across the state against rising fuel prices.
Following the shutdown, schools and colleges across Bengaluru and Odisha will remain shut as transport services may not be available between 9 AM and 3 PM. All the schools which will be closed today will have a full-day class on September 15. Meanwhile, exams scheduled for September 10 are likely to be postponed due to Bharat Bandh.