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Rahul leads Opposition's 'Bharat Bandh' protest against fuel price hike

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A united Opposition, led by Rahul Gandhi, on Monday staged a foot march here in support of a nationwide shutdown protest or 'Bharat Bandh' called by his party against rising fuel prices.

The 1.8-km march was held between Rajghat and

Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya (RJD), Nationalist Party (NCP), Loktantrik (LJD), Rashtriya Lok Dal, All India United Democratic Front, Revolutionary and (AAP) were among the opposition parties that participated in protest.

The paid tributes to at his memorial at Rajghat.

He also offered water at the memorial which he brought from Kailash Mansarovar yatra before joining other opposition leaders including Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Shailja Kumari, Meira Kumar, Jairam Ramesh; NCP's Tariq Anwar, LJD's and RJD's in the nationwide shutdown.

This was Gandhi's first public appearance since he returned from the yatra. He had embarked on the yatra on August 31.

Delhi's ruling AAP, which had refused to join the shutdown, also sent its leader

The protest has been called by Congress and Left parties against the spiralling petrol and diesel prices which have reached record levels.

After the end of the march, all the opposition leaders gathered at an Indian Oil petrol pump near the Ramlila Maidan where and former joined them.

Later, over 200 political leaders and supporters gathered at the ground from where and others spoke against the over its failure to curb the price hike.

"The runaway prices of fuel and the free fall in the value of the Rupee shows that the has completely failed in managing the economy," the Congress had tweeted earlier in the day.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 11:18 IST