New Delhi: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has extended its support to the Bharat Bandh scheduled for September 10 against fuel price hike, declining value of Rupee and others a grand success. The party has released a statement on Sunday.
The Congress-led Opposition has called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday against the Narendra Modi government’s alleged failure to check the spiralling fuel prices. The parties that have extended their support to the bandh call include RJD, MDMK, DMK, NCP, and the Samajwadi Party.
Reportedly, Thackeray has said that though the fuel prices are linked to the global markets, the central and state governments have imposed heavy taxes on this. (ALSO READ: Congress’ ‘Bharat Bandh’ Call Receives Support From Other Oppn Parties)
In many cities school, colleges will remain closed owing to security reasons. However, the Congress had said that it will observe the bandh between 9 am to 3 pm so that the “common person is not inconvenienced”.
“The Congress party has decided that we will give a call for Bharat Bandh on September 10, Monday, in order to highlight the Rs 11 lakh crore fuel loot, to demand that there should be immediate reduction in central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states, and that petrol and diesel be brought within GST so that the common man whose budget has gone haywire, they are provided the requisite relief,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters on Thursday.
The fuel prices continued to spike on Sunday with petrol being sold at Rs 80.50 per litre in Delhi, 12 paise higher than Saturday’s price of Rs 80.38. The per litre price of diesel reached Rs 72.61 in the national capital. The prices for petrol and diesel in Mumbai were Rs 87.89 per litre and Rs 77.09 per litre respectively.
While several state governments have agreed to support the bandh called by the Congress, many others have refrained themselves from participating in the protests.