An immediate reduction of excessive VAT in the states, bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST are amongst some of the demands of the Opposition Party.
The bandh observed across the country on September 10, between 9 am and 3 pm.
Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said the timing of the bandh is such that “the common person is not inconvenienced”.But actually many small business and shops were affected, some places had transportation issues, Schools and colleges remained shut in many places.
The Congress party called for a Bharat Bandh today against rising fuel prices. Along with Opposition parties like DMK, NCP, RJD, JD(S), that extended their support, Congress also asked civil society groups and NGOs to join the nationwide protest. Though the bandh was declared successful in Madhya Pradesh, it turned violent in Pune and some parts of Mumbai where buses were vandalized. A number of Congress supporters were arrested in Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and other parts of the country.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier questioned Rahul Gandhi and Congress over the death of a minor girl in Bihar. A two-year-old girl died as the vehicle carrying her to Jehanabad civil hospital got stuck in road blockade by bandh supporters. Her parents said if they were allowed to move ahead, their daughter’s life could have been saved. Hitting at the Congress over the issue, Prasad said, “Atmosphere of fear is being created in the country. Who will take responsibility for the child’s death? Congress must give an answer.”
Shops remained shut for the day in Mumbai, with heavy police patrolling in the nearby areas.
Supporters of the Congress party burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during nationwide Bharat Bandh against the hike in fuel prices in Bengaluru:
A motorcyclist rides past burning tires put up on fire by supporters of India’s main opposition Congress party, during a nationwide strike against the hike in fuel prices, in Guwahati:
after all these, my question is, was this bandh needed?? and if yes then, was it a success??