The shutdown has been called off, as the Congress and other Opposition parties had decided to observe the bandh only between 9am to 3pm. Metropolitan cities were largely unaffected, with establishments and offices working as usual. In Assam's Tezpur, 300 Congress workers were detained after police suspected them of staging violent demonstrations.

"When crude oil price rises the price of fuel must be raised is microeconomics and I am not in favour of microeconomics as it involves only two persons (buyer and seller) but here the whole economy is involved so it is a macroeconomic (issue)," said BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, adding, "I feel that the macroeconomic price for petrol is Rs 40 and somehow the PM must ask the Petroleum Minister to think as a part of Economic Affairs Ministry and not as Petroleum minister and stop setting prices so high that people can go to the point of revolt."

"The death of the child is not related to bandh or traffic jam, the relatives had left late from their home," Jehanabad Sub-Divisional Officer Paritosh Kumar said.

"Everyone has a right to protest but what is happening today? Petrol pumps and buses being set ablaze, putting to risk lives. A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protests in Bihar's Jehanabad. Who is responsible," questioned Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

A 2-year-old girl died enroute to the hospital in Bihar's Jehanabad. Her parents could not take her to the civil hospital in time due to the blockade imposed by protesters.

"Frustrated Opposition doesn't have any strategy and leadership, what else can be expected from them? I hope God gives them sense so they can differentiate between positive and negative, otherwise in future they will even lose their position as the Opposition," said UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, adding that there are no takers for the negative politics of the Congress in comparison to the development-oriented vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While addressing the grand-Opposition rally at Ramlila Maidan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the "BJP government will be uprooted in 2019" for its anti-poor and anti-farmer policies. "Fuel prices are rising, incidents of crime against women are on a rise, farmers are distressed, but not a word from PM Modi," the Gandhi scion added.

The Konark Sun Temple in Odisha has been shut down due to the protests. Although the ruling BJD had not supported the shutdown, the Congress workers in the state succeeded in stalling transport in several parts of Bhubaneshwar and Puri.

A mixed response of the bandh was seen in Uttar Pradesh, with large parts of the state remaining aloof from the protests. Demonstrations were organised in parts of UP by Samajwadi Party workers. including Ghaziabad, Noida and Azamgarh. Congress MLA Aradhna Shukla led a procession which demonstrated at a petrol pump in Lucknow's Hazratganj. Notably, the BSP was missing in action at all protest sites.

Congress workers are on a rampage in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, with protests being organised in major towns and cities including capital Bhopal, Indore, Sagar, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Bhind.

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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.