New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi kickstarted the party’s call for a nationwide shutdown from Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday. In what is being termed as the first joint political action by the Opposition in several months, the Bharat Bandh has been called to protest against the rising fuel prices as well as the fall in the value of the Rupee.
This morning, Gandhi was seen at New Delhi’s Rajghat with a bunch of Congress leaders. Then, Gandhi and his colleagues marched to the nearby Ramlila Maidan to take part in the Bharat Bandh protests.
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.