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LIVE: Congress' Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it 'failure'

Congress and 20 other Opposition parties hit the streets today to protest the recent space of hikes in fuel prices and a fall in the value of the rupee

BS Web Team & Agencies  |  New Delhi 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi with senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and others during 'Bharat Bandh' protest march against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee, at Rajghat in New Delhi, Monday, Sept 10, 2018 (Photo: PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and others during 'Bharat Bandh' protest march against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee, at Rajghat in New Delhi, Monday, Sept 10, 2018 (Photo: PTI)

The called by the and Left on Monday against rising fuel prices and tumbling rupee evoked mixed response in the country as the opposition closed its ranks against the The BJP dubbed the protest a failure.

The day-long shutdown affected normal life in Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala and and triggered a mixed response in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The rally drew leaders of the Janata Dal-Secular, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Party, Loktantrik Janata Dal, Rashtriya Lok Dal, All India United Democratic Front, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Also in attendance were former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Manmohan Singh hit out at the BJP for "miserably" failing to control fuel prices.

Rahul Gandhi flayed Modi for his stoic silence over rising fuel prices, tumbling rupee, Rafale fighter jet deal and agrarian distress in the country.
 
Meanwhile, the BJP said the hike in fuel prices was a "momentary difficulty" and claimed the shutdown was a complete failure.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Stalin urges Centre to rollback central excise duty   In the wake of fuel price hike, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin urged the Centre to rollback central excise duty and provide urgent relief to the people from the backbreaking burden.   The newly-elected DMK president took to Twitter and criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi government by calling them "totally insensitive".   Backing the nationwide strike called by the Opposition on account of rising fuel prices and depreciating value of the Indian Rupee against US dollar, Stalin said that the anger of people is evident in Bharat Bandh.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Congress hits streets in Uttarakhand during 'bandh' Congress workers across Uttarakhand hit the streets to protest against the rise in petrol and diesel prices staging processions and burning effigies.   The 'Bharat Bandh' call given by the party, however, received a mixed response with visible impact in places like Uttarkashi and Rishikesh while in several other cities there was only isolated closure of shops.   In Rishikesh, Congress leaders took out a procession and burned an effigy evoking a spontaneous response with business establishments at Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Tapovan, Shyampur and Rani Pokhri areas who kept shutters down.   In state capital Dehradun, the response to the bandh was partial with a majority of shops transacting business as normal. However, some shops on Rajpur Road and Clock Tower areas remained shut for a couple of hours at noon.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Bharat Bandh affects normal life in Assam The Bharat Bandh called by the Congress and Left against rising fuel prices affected normal life across Assam even as the ruling BJP claimed that the shutdown was a failure.   Traffic went off the roads in most places including on National Highways. While government offices recorded thin attendance, most markets and educational institutions remained closed during the bandh hours.   Hundreds took to the streets in different places including in Guwahati and blocked roads to express their resentment against the rising fuel prices that have shot up prices of essential commodities.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Govt rules out excise duty cut as petrol, diesel    A cut in taxes on petrol and diesel is ruled out for now as neither the central government nor some states have the appetite to stomach revenue loss from such a move, a top government official.   While a cut in excise duty that the central government levies will impact fiscal deficit, states like Bihar, Kerala, and Punjab are not in a position to cut sales tax (or VAT), the official, who wished not to be identified, said.   The government, he said, anticipates that international oil prices, which together with a drop in the value of rupee has been fuelling the fuel price rise to record levels, will moderate in coming days to take pressure off.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response in Punjab, Haryana   The nationwide call of Opposition-sponsored 'Bharat Bandh' against rising fuel prices evoked a mixed response in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh. There was no report of any untoward incident in both the states.   Congress workers, however, held demonstrations and took out protest march at several places as part of the 'Bharat Bandh' call.   They also burnt effigies of the Centre against the spiralling fuel prices.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Bharat bandh evokes good response in Chhattisgarh   Congress' Bharat Bandh against rising fuel prices evoked a good response in the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh where many business establishments remained shut in major cities including Raipur and buses stayed off roads.   No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state, according to police.   The nationwide bandh has been called by the Congress over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee.   AICC Chhattisgarh in-charge and senior leader PL Punia, state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel joined the party workers in Raipur in appealing to businessmen to down their shutters.   The Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce (CCC) had supported the shutdown.

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Vegetable vendors sits idea as there are no customers due to Bharat band. BS Photo by Kamlesh Pednekar

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

Hike in petrol price on the day oppn parties protesting shows govt's insensitivity: Akhilesh   Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav said hike in prices of petroleum products on the day opposition parties staged 'Bharat Bandh' shows government's "insensitivity" towards common people.   He claimed that demonetisation and GST were imposed to increase imports from China.   Petrol price Monday increased by 23 paisa a litre and diesel by 22 paisa a litre, according to the price notification issued by state fuel retailers.   Yadav said, "While the opposition is protesting, prices of petrol and diesel have been hiked again this morning. This reflects the government's audacity and arrogance and insensitivity towards the common man."

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

The Bharat Bandh was peaceful in Madhya Pradesh, said Makrand Deuskar, IG Law & Order, Madhya Pradesh on Bharat Bandh The Bharat Bandh was peaceful in the state, 110-115 people have been arrested. The numbers can rise. In Ujjain, Katni and Jabalpur there had been some incidents for which cases have been registered: Makrand Deuskar, IG Law & Order, Madhya Pradesh on #BharatBandh pic.twitter.com/wqzk9ojqPz — ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2018

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

People willingly participated in Bharat Bandh against the govt & 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: Ashok Gehlot, Congress

LIVE: Congress Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it failure

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: Ashok Gehlot, Congress

First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 09:46 IST
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LIVE: Congress' Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response; BJP calls it 'failure'

Congress and 20 other Opposition parties hit the streets today to protest the recent space of hikes in fuel prices and a fall in the value of the rupee

The called by the and Left on Monday against rising fuel prices and tumbling rupee evoked mixed response in the country as the opposition closed its ranks against the The BJP dubbed the protest a failure.

The day-long shutdown affected normal life in Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala and and triggered a mixed response in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The rally drew leaders of the Janata Dal-Secular, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Party, Loktantrik Janata Dal, Rashtriya Lok Dal, All India United Democratic Front, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Also in attendance were former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Manmohan Singh hit out at the BJP for "miserably" failing to control fuel prices.

Rahul Gandhi flayed Modi for his stoic silence over rising fuel prices, tumbling rupee, Rafale fighter jet deal and agrarian distress in the country.
 
Meanwhile, the BJP said the hike in fuel prices was a "momentary difficulty" and claimed the shutdown was a complete failure.

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