Bharat Bandh today has been called by the NDA led by BJP and rests of the political parties have joined the protest against the last week’s hike in petrol prices.
The Bharat Bandh has received a diverse reaction in nearly all cities. Most of the cities did not react and are peaceful whereas only some of the cities have been badly affected. A small number of trains have been clogged in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
In New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had increased a 5% VAT on CNG which increased the price of the fuel from Rs. 35.45/ kg to 37.20/ kg. Because of this Auto tax unions are also agitated. More than 55,000 autos and 15,000 taxis have been anticipated to stay off the road. Standard life has been affected, chief shops, business institutions are closed.
Almost 300 trader associations in New Delhi are supporting the Bandh by closing their shops.
The bandh went aggressive in Karnataka as protesters scorched 3 state buses and has smashed 11 buses so far.
The BJP and Shiv Sena have assured the public that the vital services would not be closed. Still it has been told to all the shop owners to stay closed.
The Mumbai Police have engaged 48,000 cops on bandh duty. The city’s taxi and auto union leaders have declared that they will not take part in the bandh.
In Kolkata, BJP workers disturbed the road passage linking the city to the main airport at Baguihati. Rubber tires were also burnt in order to show the antagonism.
The police dispersed the protesters and in the midst of all this one protester was detained. Howrah Bridge was also blocked. Protestors lighted an inactive state government bus.