Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Sunday served a notice to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers in Mumbai ahead of the Bharat Bandh on Monday. The notice, under section 149, states that if any law and order situation arose in Mumbai during the Bharat Bandh, the Raj Thackeray-led party workers will be held responsible.
The notice was served hours after extended its support to the Bharat Bandh scheduled for Monday (September 10) against the rising price of fuel, declining value of Rupee. Thackeray reportedly said that though the fuel prices are linked to the global markets, the central and state governments have imposed heavy taxes on this.
The Congress party on Sunday called for a nation-wide bandh on Monday to protest against the steep rise in diesel and petrol prices and the falling value of the rupee against the dollar. Congress leader Ajay Maken said the party wants petrol and diesel to be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which would decrease the price by Rs 15-18. (Related: No Holiday For Govt Employees, All Public Utility Services to Remain Open in Bengal)
Maken also said that nearly 20 political parties are participating in the Bharat Bandh. While parties like the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the nationwide shutdown, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said although it was against the fuel price hike, it would not support the Bandh.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has declared a public holiday for tomorrow in view of the Bharat Bandh. All educational institutions in Bengaluru will remain closed as a precautionary measure, news agency ANI reported. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda will join other opposition leaders at a protest rally and meeting in New Delhi.