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MP Cong calls Bharat bandh successful, BJP dubs it anarchic

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The Congress' Bharat Monday against rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee saw party workers in carry out rallies and hold protests outside commercial establishments and fuel pumps that were open.

While the MP called the shutdown successful, the ruling BJP accused the former of adopting "anarchic" ways to intimidate people to enforce the

In Bhopal, a flower shop owned by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's son was at the centre of a protest by workers.

The shop, situated in Ravishankar Market here, late downed shutters following the protest, said

Several Congress leaders led rallies asking people and shopkeepers to participate in the shutdown and there were also reports of party workers trying to forcibly shut fuel pumps and other commercial establishments in Ujjain.

One such attempt outside a petrol pump in Ujjain's Chimanganj area led to a scuffle between Congress workers and police, an said.

Chimanganj Police Station in-charge said that protesters set aside barricades put up at petrol pumps but were driven away by police.

The Congress claimed that the got full support of the people of Jhabua.

"We have got full support from the people. Shopkeepers kept their establishments closed so did petrol pump owners. led a rally with a bullock cart in the front," informed Jhabua district Congress Nirmal Mehta.

of Police said that no untoward incident was reported from the district, adding that Congress workers staged protests and submitted memorandums in some places in the district.

In a symbolic protest in Jabalpur, Congress workers set ablaze a junk car, said Congress

claimed that people had voluntarily supported the bandh since they were suffering due to inflation and high fuel prices.

"People on their own are supporting the bandh. It has been successful in most parts of the state. Most of the markets in and remained shut. Our leaders took out rallies across the state," Chaturvedi said.

The BJP, meanwhile, called the Congress' behaviour during the bandh as "anarchic" and "naxal like".

"The Congress adopted anarchic and violent ways to intimidate people. Despite the opposition's efforts, the bandh failed. The Congress is desperate to get back in power using violence, which is naxal-like thinking," claimed state BJP

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 14:20 IST