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’. Also Read - Congress MP Rajeev Satav Dies of COVID-Related Complications; Tributes Pour in

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. Also Read - Congress Decides to Postpone Party President Election Due to Pandemic

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. Also Read - Deploy Resources in Saving Lives Instead of Building PM's New House: Priyanka Gandhi

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.

Live Updates

  • 5:11 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: People willingly participated in Bharat Bandh against the govt and taught them a lesson. At least now, govt should reduce prices and mend its way. But they are not worried at all. So, we all need to save democracy. It is in danger, says Congress’ Ashok Gehlot

  • 5:11 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: Today’s Bharat Bandh has been successful across the country. Congress party has never held Bharat Bandh before, we don’t even believe in Bharat Bandh, but since the time Modi govt has come there has been a situation that led to this, says Congress’ Ashok Gehlot

  • 3:11 PM IST
    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: While the MP Congress called the shutdown successful, the ruling BJP accused the former of adopting “anarchic” ways to intimidate people to enforce the bandh.
  • 2:37 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: Government is trying, it had multiple expenses including floods everywhere. People should reduce their expenses to control fuel prices (World market mein jo crude ka price hota hai us hisaab se chalta hai, Sarkar koshish kar rahi hai. Itna kharche hain, flood hain chaaro taraf, itna consumption hai.Janta samajhti nahi hai,ki crude ka daam badh gaya to kuch kharche kam kar de), suggests Rajasthan Minister Rajkumar Rinwa

  • 2:31 PM IST
    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: Arson, vandalism and disruption of rail and road traffic were reported from various parts of Bihar. In the state capital, bandh supporters indulged in vandalism in the old Patna city area where they also placed burning tyres on railway tracks, disrupting movement of trains.
  • 2:04 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: In Odisha, train services were affected, Konark Sun Temple remain closed due to the protest.

  • 2:03 PM IST
    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: Normal life was crippled in Karnataka as public transport kept off the roads across the state. “There is an overwhelming response from the public to our shutdown call as petrol and diesel price hike affects all, especially the poor,” a Congress spokesman told IANS.
  • 1:09 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: The death of the child is not related to bandh or traffic jam, the relatives had left late from their home: SDO Jehanabad Paritosh Kumar on reports that a 2-year-old patient died after the vehicle was stuck in protests

  • 12:59 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Live Updates: Intensifying attack on Congress, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said,”It’s the essence of democracy that ambulances and medicine shops are allowed to function without any obstruction. But, with the death of two-year-old child in Bihar, an environment of fear is being created across the country.”