Bharat Bandh LIVE updates: Congress, BJP workers clash in Assam; 75,000 fishermen back protest in Tamil Nadu: Well, you all may already know that the Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other big party members called out Bharat Band together to show the protest against fuel prices, Gas Prices, Diesel Prices, and other increased prices. In short, you can say that Congress tried to slam Nationalist Congress Party and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena is supporting the Bharat Band in few states like Maharashtra, Bihar and other northern places where they got support.
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Reports are coming that Over 5,000 police personnel have been deployed around Chennai to maintain peace during the bandh. Also, the reports are saying that the shutdown strike affected relief activities in the flood-devastated areas in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts in Kerala. As you all may know that nowadays people are facing various issues like flooding, Mansoon problems, weather problems, and various other issues in Kerala and other nearby states which is why the Bandh inappropriate.
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Congress state president Raj Babbar during the protest against the central government as part of Bharat band called against fuel price hikes in Lucknow on Monday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)
Farooq Abdullah targets BJP over price rise of fuel
Why was there a
Bharat Bandh in the first place? If you listen to the 2012 speeches of those in power today, they were shouting about petrol&diesel prices. Today the prices are surpassing prices of that time, Rupee has weakened against Dollar. We are in trouble, Farooq Abdulla tells ANI. The protests on Jammu had been violent in some parts with protestors burning tyres.
Andhra Govt announces petrol, diesel prices to come down by Rs 2 a litre
Amid protests, Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced a reduction of Rs 2 a litre in petrol and diesel prices. The new rates of petrol and diesel will come into effect from tomorrow morning, orders for the same will be issued later today. Earlier on Sunday, Rajasthan government had also announced a 4 per cent reduction in fuel prices, slashing petrol, diesel prices by Rs 2.5 a litre.
Express cartoon on Bharat Bandh and unchecked rise in fuel prices
(Express Cartoon by Mika Aziz)
Violent implementation of Bharat Bandh in Pune
Bihar: 2-year-old girl dies on way to hospital, BJP asks Rahul Gandhi who is responsible?
A new controversy is raking up over the death of a 2-year-old girl in Jehanabad of Bihar. The critically ill girl died on her way to a hospital as allegedly Bharat Bandh supporters blocked roads. According to IANS, Pramod Manjhi, the victim’s father, said his daughter was suffering from diarrhoea and was advised to take her to a hospital in Jehanabad. However, Jehanabad Sub-Divisional Officer Paritosh Kumar refuted Manjhi’s claims, saying: “The child was seriously ill and her father delayed her hospitalisation.”
Attacking the Congress, senior BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi who was responsible for the death of the child.
Madhya Pradesh Cong calls Bharat bandh successful
Madhya Pradesh Congress workers carried out rallies and protests outside petrol pumps which were open in the state as part of the Bandh. The party called it a success in the state while the ruling BJP accused the former of adopting “anarchic” ways to intimidate people to enforce the bandh. In Bhopal, a flower shop owned by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s son Kartikey was at the centre of a protest by Congress workers.
Chimanganj Police Station in-charge Arvind Tomar said that protesters set aside barricades put up at petrol pumps but were driven away by police. The Congress claimed that the bandh got full support of the people of Jhabua. “We have got full support from the people. Shopkeepers kept their establishments closed so did petrol pump owners. Local MP Kantilal Bhuria led a rally with a bullock cart in the front,” Jhabua district Congress president Nirmal Mehta was quoted as saying by PTI.
Bharat bandh: Reduce expenses to control fuel prices, says Rajasthan minister
Rajasthan Minister Rajkumar Rinwa suggested reducing expenses in order to curb the rise in fuel price. He also added that the government had multiple expenses, including the Kerala floods. “World market mein jo crude ka price hota hai us hisaab se chalta hai, Sarkar koshish kar rahi hai. Itna kharche hain, flood hain chaaro taraf,itna consumption hai. Janta samajhti nahi hai,ki crude ka daam badh gaya to kuch kharche kam kar de, ” Rinwa said.
Odisha: Train services affected, Konark Sun Temple shut due to Bharat Bandh
In Odisha, train services were disrupted in many places across the state as protestrers blocked railway tracks in many places including Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Puri, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Balasore to enforce the bandh from 6 am to 3 pm. At least 10 trains were cancelled in the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) in view of the ‘Bharat Bandh’, an ECoR official said.
The protesters also locked the ticket counter of the famous Sun Temple in Konark. As a result, the temple was closed for tourists.
Several senior Congress leaders staged a sit-in at the Master Canteen Square near Congress Bhawan during the strike. Shops, markets, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed across the state during the 9-hour shut-down, while attendance was thin in offices. Commuters were stranded in many places as buses, taxis and autorickshaws stayed off the roads due to the bandh.
Describing the bandh as a “complete success”, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said people extended their spontaneous support to the strike as they are hit hard by the hike in the prices of petroleum products.
Bharat Bandh: Over 100 Congress activists arrested in Arunachal Pradesh
In Arunachal Pradesh, at least 100 Congress activists including Mahila Congress workers, Youth Congress president Geli Ete and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) secretary John Taksing were arrested by police, PTI repored. The protesters burnt tyres in many places in the state capital and in various other places to block roads, Superintendent of Police, Itanagar, M Harsh Vardhan said.
AICC general secretary Jarjum Ete alleged that the SP used abusive language against several Mahila Congress activists and a complaint would be lodged against him with the DGP. However, the SP denied the allegation saying that after repeated pleas from him the party resorted to pelting stones and created law and problem situation much before the bandh timing. ‘Being a responsible party, such activities are not expected from the Congress,’ the SP added.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy claimed that the bandh is total and peaceful. All shops and business establishments including banks and educational institutions were closed in the state and private vehicles were off the road.
Two-year-old’s death not linked to Bharat bandh: Officials
Reports suggested that a two-year-old allegedly died after the ambulance was stuck in the traffic caused by bandh. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also raised the issue in his press briefing, asking “Who is responsible for this death.”
Meanwhile, ANI quoted Jehanabad SDO Paritosh Kumar saying that the death was not linked to the protests. “The death of the child is not related to bandh or traffic jam, the relatives had left late from their home,” he said.
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Who is resposible for the violence: Ravi Shankar Prasad on Bharat Bandh
Únion Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is addressing a press conference in response to the Bharat bandh call by Congress. Slamming the Congress for violent attacks that took place earlier in the day, Rabi Shankar Prasad said, ‘In democracy, everybody is welcomed to protest, but is violence acceptable? The Congress party should answer who is responsible for burning of buses, vandalising petrol pump. It’s the essence of democracy that hospitals, ambulances, and medicine shops are allowed to function without any hindrance. But, with the death of 2-year-old in Bihar today, an environment of fear is being created.””The people of India are not supporting the strike as they understand that the fuel price is operated by global market and is not in our control. We are trying our best to control the situation,” he added
He also challenged former prime minister Manmohan Singh to a debate on economic affairs in Parliament.
Bharat bandh: Over 400 picketers arrested in Tripura
Over 400 picketers were arrested in Tripura during the Bharat Bandh on Monday. Speaking to indianexpress.com, Pradesh Congress president Birajit Sinha said people have “spontaneously” supported ‘Bharat Bandh’ today in the state“People have expressed support to our bandh. Our reports from different districts suggest that they have spontaneously supported the agitation. Our supporters courted arrest at Dharmanagar in North Tripura, Camperbazaar and other parts of West Tripura and other districts. Ruling BJP and administration threatened them to abandon the agitation but we received tremendous support”, Sinha said.
Meanwhile, CPI (M) state secretary Bijan Dhar said his party and three other Left Front allies – CPI, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) observed strike on the same day against alleged misrule of BJP-led NDA government. “Common people are going through a very hard time due to the devolution of Indian currency, rising fuel prices, inflation, attacks on Dalits and minorities among other issues. Our strike call protested against these. The bandh was total in Tripura”, Dhar said.
Most schools, colleges in the state had low attendance today as per reports. But the state secretariat and other government office had normal functioning. The Department of General Administration earlier issued a memo and instructed employees to maintain normal functioning on the day of the strike. The memo also summoned the attendance report of all employees by the noon. (Express photos by Debraj Deb)
In picture, Tripura Pradesh Congress president Birajit Sinha arrested in front of the Secretariat.
Rahul Gandhi thanks Opposition for supporting Bharat Bandh
Voicing similar opinion as that of Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi thanked the Opposition for coming out in large numbers and supporting the cause. ‘Together, all of us are going to defeat the BJP,’ he declared.
Bharat bandh: 58 Congress activists taken into custody in Jharkhand
Fifty-eight Congress activists including Palamau district Congress president Jaias Ranjan Pathak were arrested in Jharkhand for forcibly trying to enforce the ‘Bharat Bandh,’ reported PTI. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Left parties in Jharkhand are supporting the Congress-sponsored ‘Bharat bandh called against fuel price hike.
Also, in a press conference Bihar, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Congress and said that they don’t have sensitivity and responsibility. As you all may know that in Bihar we have seen the death of the two-year-old child because of the delay in receiving treatment in Bihar’s Patna. Also, the reports are suggesting that due to road blockades the parents were not able to reach the hospital in time.
Some sources are saying that the father of the child believes that if the roads were clear, his child would still be alive today. After a child’s death was reported in Bihar, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Congress for lacking sensitivity and responsibility. The party alleged that the death of the child was Congress’ onus. “Bharat Bandh was a failure and we regret the violence.”
Also, the reports are suggesting that Congress protesters tear down the gate, barge into Tehsil office in Puri district and made a lot of violence. Some sources are saying that the Former Congress minister Bismita Gogoi has been detained because of the violence in Khumtai of Golaghat district in Assam during a protest. Even in a video, we have seen that there was no driving vehicle available in the market and because of that college students drive themselves in auto to attend the exam. You all can say that Bharat Bandh by Congress is flop or failures because it did nothing great for the party or the nation.
In Jharkhand, the police are doing a very fine job as they have deployed drones and CCTV cameras to keep a sharp eye on troublemakers during Bharat Bandh in The district. Also, the reports are suggesting that the SSP Anish Gupta himself coordinated the security forces from central control room established at district collectorate. Also, the sources are saying that around 300 Congress supporters are detained and are in custody.
In the end, we think that this whole drama and political issue is bad, and Kodagu District Congress Committee president C Shivu Madappa said that Kodagu had incurred losses of more than Rs 10,000 crores during the recent floods and landslide, which has caused a lot of distress to the people here which is a good step and smart move by the Congress.