Bharat Bandh : Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modi’s silence on fuel prices Congress and 20 other Opposition parties hit the streets today to protest the recent space of hikes in fuel prices and a fall in the value of the rupee BS| The Congress party called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ on September 10 to protest the rising fuel prices and steadily declining value of the rupee against the US dollar. Twenty political parties have answered the Congress’ call, and a number of chambers of commerce and traders’ associations are also supporting the bandh.
Top Opposition party leaders like Sharad Pawar, M K Stalin and Left leaders have openly extended their support to the call for a shutdown, while the Trinamool Congress has decided to stay away from the protest. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the Narendra Modi government had “looted” Rs 11 trillion from the people of the country in the past 52 months and was running a “profiteering company” rather than a government. He also urged people to bring about a change in the country by ousting the BJP from power. 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. >Click Here Full Story: Bharat Bandh<< Also Read: Petrol inches close to Rs 81 a litre in Delhi after 5th straight price hike Also Read: Shed differences and unite to save this country: Manmohan tells Opposition