New Delhi, Sep 9: The Mumbai Police on Sunday served a notice to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers under section 149, stating if any law and order situation arises in Mumbai during the Bharat Bandh on September 10, they will be held responsible. Leaders belonging to 21 political parties are believed to take part in ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Congress party on Monday. The Congress has given the Bandh call against the fuel price hike, and decline in rupee value against the United States dollar.
On Sunday, the Shiv Sena said that it will remain out of the nationwide bandh called by the Congress on Monday. Responding to the Congress’ request, Raut said Sena won’t participate in the bandh. “The opposition should show their unity. The Sena is looking at the bandh neutrally,” Raut said. Meanwhile, the MNS party led by Raj Thackeray announced it was supporting the bandh. In a statement, Thackeray said MNS will not only back but also actively participate in the bandh.
Speaking to reporters, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said he had made the request to Sena to support them in the nationwide shutdown on Monday. “It is not just the Congress but NCP, MNS, Samajwadi Party and others too are supporting the bandh,” he said at the press conference.
Among the parties that have extended their support to the Congress for the nationwide shutdown include The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), among others. The Congress stated that it has been time and again demanded that petrol and diesel be brought under the GST ambit which would reduce the price but the Modi Government and BJP had remained unmoved.