New Delhi, Sept 10: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi kickstarted the Congress-led Bharat Bandh, which was called to corner Modi Govt over the rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee, from Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday. Apart from the key opposition leaders such as Sharad Pawar and Sharad Yadav, all major Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Ex Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have joined the stir led by Rahul Gandhi at Ramlila Maidan.
Rahul Gandhi has appealed to party workers to maintain peace and not to associate with any violent protests. Over 12 opposition parties join Congress in the pan-India stir across the country.
Congress has claimed that 21 parties, including SP, BSP, TMC, DMK and RJD, as well as several chambers of commerce and traders’ bodies, have backed its Bharat bandh call. Leaders of Opposition parties are expected to stage a dharna at Rajghat today. Moreover, five Left Front parties have given a separate call for bandh over the hike in fuel prices, the problem of farmers and unemployment issues.
While the shutdown has remained peaceful so far, incidents of violence have been reported from Pune, Bharuch and Patna. While MNS workers vandalised buses in Pune, protesters in Patna and Gujarat’s Bharuch district burnt tyres on roads.