New Delhi, Sep 10: The Congress and other opposition parties including the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Janata Dal (Secular) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), among others, will observe Bharat Bandh today. The Congress has said that it will observe the shutdown between 9 AM to 3 PM in order to avoid causing inconvenience to common people.
The other opposition parties that have extended their support to the Congress for the nationwide shutdown on Monday include Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party, the Left front (CPI, CPM, CPI-ML, SUCI and Forward block) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has announced its support to the Congress party.
Schools and colleges in Bengaluru and Odisha will remain shut on Monday in the wake of the Bharat Bandh today. Normal life is going to take a hit as public transport, cinema theatres, multiplexes are expected to be shut across the nation.
The Congress, in the last week, called a nationwide bandh against the rising prices of petrol and diesel and the decline in the rupee value against the US dollar. The party has also demanded the promised remunerative prices of crops and loan waiver for farmers across India.
On Sunday, fuel prices continued their upward trend on fall in rupee and surge in global crude oil rates. Petrol price was up by 12 paise a litre and diesel by 10 paise per litre, according to the price notification issued by state fuel retailers. According to a report by PTI, the increase pushed the petrol price in Delhi to Rs 80.50 per litre. Diesel rate touched its highest level of Rs 72.61 a litre.