Bharat bandh live updates | Protesters ride carts; Akhilesh targets BJP

Congress workers ride on bullock carts, protesting against the fuel price rise, at Kempegowda road in Bengaluru during the 'Bharat bandh' on September 10, 2018   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

Congress and Left Front have separately called nationwide 'Bharat bandh' to protest against soaring fuel prices and weak rupee.

While the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S), the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Maharshtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) have backed the shutdown, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Biju Janta Dal (BJD), the Shiv Sena and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) have decided to stay away from it.

Here are the live updates:

Tripura| 5.30 pm

Strike cripples normal life in Tripura

Bharat bandh live updates | Protesters ride carts; Akhilesh targets BJP

According to the police, about 300 Congress leaders and supporters across the State have been detained for picketing outside government offices. The detainees included PCC President Birajit Sinha, senior leader Gopal Chandra Roy and Dr. Thokchom Meinya who is a member of the Parliament from Manipur state.

Uttar Pradesh | 3.45 pm

 

Congress, SP workers ride bullock carts, Akhilesh slams BJP

Congress workers in Allahabad make donkeys pull a car as part of the protest against hike in diesel and petrol prices, during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Congress workers in Allahabad make donkeys pull a car as part of the protest against hike in diesel and petrol prices, during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

In districts like Unnao and Mainpuri, Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) workers rode bullock carts during the demonstration while in Sonbhadra some Congress workers shaved off their hair.

While SP president Akhilesh Yadav has declared support to the bandh, he has not personally participated in it. The SP workers held demonstrations at the district headquarters and submitted applications to the administration. In Kanpur, SP workers were prevented by police from doing so.

Targeting the BJP, Mr. Yadav said the people have now started to feel that the BJP has opened up a laboratory to harass them and cause distress.

He counted demonetization, GST, atrocities against Dalits, farmers, women and the youth, inflation, unemployment, petrol-diesel price hike, dealings with the rich as some of the BJP's "anti-people exploits".

Karnataka | 2.45 pm

One tight slap

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members ride a bullock cart to protest against fuel price rise in Belagavi, on September 10, 2018.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members ride a bullock cart to protest against fuel price rise in Belagavi, on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: P.K. Badiger

 

An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader slapped a party worker who shouted a wrong slogan in Belagavi.

When the leader gave a cue by saying "petrol prices ", the worker said "should rise".

The leader got angry and instinctively slapped the worker, saying "don't say should rise. You should say they should fall". This clip was shared several times on social media handles.

Karnataka | 2.20 pm

 

In Bengaluru, protesters arrive in horses, donkeys, bullock carts

The bandh in Bengaluru has seen some innovative protests, with protesters channelling a pre-motorised era to hit out at the Centre for the rise in fuel prices.

JD (S) MLC Sharavana came to the party protest at Town Hall in a horse. Similarly, Vatal Nagaraj, a Kannada activist, marked his protest by riding a donkey in the deserted Kempegowda Bus Stand.

Bullock carts were plenty in the Congress Party’s protest near Mysuru Bank Circle. Protesters also brought along firewood, claiming that it was becoming too expensive for a household to use LPG cylinders to cook.

Buses to resume after 3 p.m

Airport buses will start plying from 4 p.m.

Airport buses will start plying from 4 p.m.   | Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

 

Meanwhile, bus services are expected to start returning to normalcy after 3 p.m., while airport buses will start plying from 4 p.m.

While taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber have not officially supported the bandh, a majority of their taxi drivers have decided to stay off the roads. Reports have started pouring in of the surge in cab fares, with one aggregator even charging as much as ₹55 per kilometer extra on Monday due to “high demand”.

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Punjab and Haryana | 2.00 pm

Congress workers protest across two States

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who was leading the party protest  in Jalandhar (Punjab), said, "The ruling BJP government at the Centre has turned a blind eye towards the problems of the common man." Congress workers are holding protests in Patiala, Gurdaspur, Mornida, Mohali and Ludhiana.

In Haryana, Congress workers are staging protests and holding demonstrations at many places including Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Rohtak and Panipat.

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Karnataka | 1:45 pm

Congress, BJP leaders hurt in clashes

Superintendent of Police Laxman Nimbargi resorts to caning to control clashing political workers during the ''Bharat bandh'' in Udupi on September 10, 2018.

Superintendent of Police Laxman Nimbargi resorts to caning to control clashing political workers during the ''Bharat bandh'' in Udupi on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

The Udupi District Administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in Udupi city after the Bharat Bandh called by the Congress and other parties turned violent as workers of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed with one another.

The prohibitory orders are in force from 11 a.m. on September 10 to 6 a.m. on September 11.

Prabhakar Poojary, president of Udupi City Unit of BJP was injured in the clash after a stone hit his head. He was rushed to the District Government Hospital for treatment.

Following this, clashes erupted between Congress and BJP workers. Police resoted to lathicharge. Ramesh Kanchan, Congress councillor in Udupi City Municipal Council was injured during the caning and was admitted to the District Government Hospital.

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Andhra Pradesh | 1:35 pm

Bandh peaceful in Andhra Pradesh

AICC member K.V. Thanka Balu leads a protest march against fuel price rise, in Tirupati on September 10, 2018.

AICC member K.V. Thanka Balu leads a protest march against fuel price rise, in Tirupati on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

 

Barring minor incidents of police removing the protestors at various places, the bandh called by Congress and Lefdt parties in protest against hike in fuel prices was peaceful in Krishna, West Godavari and other districts.

Activists of Congress, CPI, CPI (M), Jana Sena and their affiliated organisations enforced bandh since the dawn. The protestors squatted at Pandit Nehru Bus Stationin Vijayawada and prevented buses from coming out for sometime in the morning.

Managements of almost all the educational institutions and traders extended support for the bandh. Shops, hotels, cloth stores, petrol bunks and cinema theatres remain closed.

Left supporters block an RTC bus during the ''Bharat bandh'' in Kakinada on September 10, 2018.

Left supporters block an RTC bus during the ''Bharat bandh'' in Kakinada on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: S. Rambabu

 

However, banks, government offices and a majority of APSRTC buses ran as usual. Workers of a few RTC unions staged protests in front of depots protesting the steep hike in diesel and petrol prices.

Police arranged tight security at bus station and other busy junctions to prevent any untoward incidents.

Bihar| 1:30 pm

2-year-old dies on the way to hospital as bandh supporters block road

A two-year-old girl died on the way to the hospital in Jehanabad district of Bihar as Bharat bandh supporters had blocked movement of traffic on the road.

The girl, Gauri Kumari was suffering from diarrhoea. Her father, Pramod Manjhi was taking her from Balabigha village of neighboring Gaya district to the government hospital in Jehanabad in an autorickshaw. But, the girl died on way to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while addressing journalists in Delhi asked, “A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protest in Bihar’s Jehanabad. Who is responsible?”

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New Delhi  | 1:00 pm

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar, during his address at Ramlila Maidan claims the BJP ignored Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was alive. "When Atalji was alive, they (BJP) never remembered him. But now they are remembering him day and night," he says.

"To say that nothing has happened in the past is insulting the country," Mr. Pawar says.

Maharashtra | 12:45 pm

Shiv Sena targets BJP, opposition parties

Through an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna, Shiv Sena targetted opposition parties as well as its ally BJP on rising fuel prices.

“We have been carrying the burden of Opposition leaders so far and we now want to see the strength of the Opposition. People’s interests are protected when Opposition parties perform [their duty] with efficiency,” the Sena said in the editorial.

“During the 2014 general election, Narendra Modi had made a promise of generating two crore jobs. On the contrary, 20 lakh jobs have been lost almost every year under the Modi regime,” the Sena alleged.

“The way the government is putting up billboards about growth in the GDP, it should also put up boards of how fuel prices are skyrocketing,” the party said.

Telangana | 12:30 pm

Mixed response for Bandh in Telangana

Congress workers shut down a shop in Warangal during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Congress workers shut down a shop in Warangal during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: M.Murali

 

Even before Bharath bandh commenced, Opposition leaders and cadre were being arrested in Nizamabad since early morning across the erstwhile undivided district.

In the erstwhile Medak district, educational institutes and petrol bunks remain closed. Several workers of Congress, CPI(M) and TDP were arrested.

Bharat Bandh hit Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus services in Khammam and Bhadradri-Kothagudem districts, with only 57 of the total 630 buses of six depots in the region plying on important routes.

In Warangal, while most shops were closed, protesters forcefully closed some shops.

In Karimnagar, schools, colleges and petrol filling stations remained closed. However, RTC buses were plying as usual. Several Congress, TDP and Left parties leaders were arrested when they tried to obstruct RTC buses.

Tamil Nadu | 12:25 pm

Left leaders taken into preventive custody

Left members court arrest in Kancheepuram during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Left members court arrest in Kancheepuram during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: P. Velankanni Raj

 

CPI(M) state secretary K.Balakrishnan and CPI state secretary R.Mutharasan were taken into preventive custody in Chennai when they indulged in protest against fuel price hike.

Kerala | 12:20 pm

Shops closed forcibly in Kozhikode

Hartal supporters block vehicles at Mukkom in Kozhikode district during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Hartal supporters block vehicles at Mukkom in Kozhikode district during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Hartal supporters owing allegiance to the United Democratic Front and Left Democratic Front forcibly closed several shops at Mukkom in Kozhikode district, where a section of traders tried to defy the hartal call.

The irate activists also locked horns with the policemen, and threatened the merchants who tried to attend to their customers unmindful of the protest.

A number of private vehicles including motorbikes and cars were blocked on the road on Monday morning as police presence was minimal along several stretches.

However, vehicles hired for wedding events and the delivery of relief materials were spared with the intervention of local leaders.

Tripura | 11:55 am

Congress members detained in Tripura

Around 300 Congress leaders and supporters were detained in Tripura while picketing outside government offices.

According to Subrata Chakraborty, SP, Operation, the detainees include PCC president Birajit Sinha and senior leader Gopal Chandra Roy.

Bandh in Tripura is so far peaceful.

There is a complete shut down in trade, business, and education sectors while government offices are functioning with thin attendance.

Public carriers are off the road while a few autorickshaws are plying.

New Delhi | 11:40 am

Rahul targets Modi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi launches attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the state of affairs in the country.

"When Narendra Modi became the prime minister, he made different promises to different sections of people... to youth, women, farmers and marginalised. Modiji used to say 'I will do what has not happened in the past 70 years'. In reality he has done so," says Mr. Gandhi.

"The value of rupee in the past 70 years has never been so low. Petrol prices are more than 80 rupees and diesel a little less," he adds.

"Modiji used to travel across the nation a lot. He used to talk a lot.  He doesn't speak now," Mr. Gandhi says and adds the prime minister is silent on rapes, farmers' woes, unemployement.

Mr. Gandhi says Mr. Modi doesn't speak on what the people want to hear. "He does not answer on Rafale. Even today he has not been able to explain the reason behind demonetisation," Mr. Gandhi claims.

Karnataka | 11:30 am

KSRTC, private buses stoned in Mangaluru

A private bus that was stoned in Mangaluru during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

A private bus that was stoned in Mangaluru during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Stoning of a private bus and a KSRTC bus each in the city and in Bantwal led to stoppage of movement of private and KSRTC buses since morning on account of Bharath bandh called by the ruling Congress, Janata Dal and other parties.

Police said a private bus coming to the city from Bengaluru was stoned near a hotel opposite to Balmatta Post Office around 6 a.m. Similarly, a KSRTC bus coming to the city from Bengaluru was stoned on Bantwal bypass road around 6.30 a.m reportedly by two men on a motorcycle.

The police said stones were also thrown on a hotel in Shivabagh in the city.

New Delhi | 11:25 am

Manmohan calls for Opposition unity

Senior Congress leaders during a protest against fuel price rise near Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on September 10, 2018.

Senior Congress leaders during a protest against fuel price rise near Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urges opposition parties to shed their differences and unite to save democracy in country. "Modi govt has done a lot which is not in interest of nation, it has now crossed limits," he says during a Congress protest opposite a petrol bunk near Ramlila Maidan.

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Bihar | 11:15 am

Protests in Patna

RJD workers tow a motorcycle with ropes during a protest against fuel price hike at Dak Bungalow Chauraha in Patna on September 10, 2018.

RJD workers tow a motorcycle with ropes during a protest against fuel price hike at Dak Bungalow Chauraha in Patna on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

 

All top state Congress leaders have converged at Patna's Gandhi Maidan. Leaders of allied parties too have started coming in there to set off protest march to Dak Bungalow chauraha, city's main thoroughfare.

All shops and business establishments are closed in Patna in view of the Bharat bandh.

The bandh supporters have broken window screens of some buses and private vehicles at different places in Patna.

Meanwhile, state Congress president (in charge), Kaukab Quadri said the bandh has got huge response from people in the State.

Haryana | 11:15 am

There is little impact of "Bharat Bandh" call in Haryana's Gurugram since Indian National Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party had already held state-wide bandh on September 8 on fuel prices and Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issues.

Andhra Pradesh | 11:10 am

Left supporters play cricket at the APSRTC bus depot in Ongole after confining all buses during the ''Bharat bandh'' against fuel price rise, on September 10, 2018.

Left supporters play cricket at the APSRTC bus depot in Ongole after confining all buses during the ''Bharat bandh'' against fuel price rise, on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Kommuri Srinivas

 

Kerala | 11:10 am

Hartal near total in Kannur

The hartal brought normal life to a standstill here as public transport vehicles including KSRTC buses were off the roads. Roads here wore a deserted look in the morning.

Private vehicles including two-wheelers and cars are seen plying on the roads. All shops and commercial establishments were closed. Most of the government offices remained nearly closed as the attendance was thin.

The police said that no hartal-related incident was reported so far.

Kerala | 11:05 am

Kerala police aid patients

Pollice ferry passengers from the city central railway station to the Govt Medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Pollice ferry passengers from the city central railway station to the Govt Medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: S.R. Praveen

Kerala Police has been operating special vans to ferry passengers and patients to and from railway stations, General Hospital and Cancer Hospital.  The vans are being operated from Thampanoor.

Telangana | 11:00 am

Public carriers work in Hyderabad

It's mixed response for the bandh in Hyderabad.

While private schools' managements have declared holiday today, government schools are functioning.

City buses are also being operated. RTC Employees Union and National Mazdoor Union have said bus services will be operated as usual. But they said urged both State and Centre to reduce VAT and excise duty on diesel.

Metro services are not affected and there is little effect on auto-rickshaws.

While some shops chose to stay closed today, most of them were open.

Kerala | 10:55 am

Hartal evokes warm response in Malappuram

 The day-long hartal called by the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in protest against the rise in the prices of petroleum products evoked warm response from the public across the district on Monday morning.

All public transport vehicles, including autorickshaws, have been off the road. Private vehicles like bikes and cars are, however, plying.

Schools and colleges have declared a holiday in view of the hartal. Business establishments have remained closed. Government offices have marked exceptionally low attendance. Many have not opened yet.

No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the district. UDF and LDF leaders said they would not stop anyone, but people would understand the spirit behind the protest.

Gujarat | 10:55 am

Congress MLA Imran Khedavala and several Congress workers were detained by police when they were in the market to enforce Bharat Bandh in Ahmedabad.

Rajasthan | 10:50 am

Congress workers stage protests and raise slogans in several areas of Jaipur.

Minor skirmishes were reported from Kota, but situation is largely peaceful in Rajasthan.

Congress workers formed human chain in Ajmer.

The BJP government in Rajasthan reduced value added tax (VAT) on petroleum products by four per cent, a day before the bandh.

Karnataka | 10:30 am

Women protest in Hubbali

Women take part in the ''Bharat bandh'' in Hubbali on September 10, 2018.

Women take part in the ''Bharat bandh'' in Hubbali on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Kiran Bakale

 

It's near total bandh in Karnataka.

Streets are wearing a deserted look in many cities. Shops are closed and district administrations have declared holidays for educational institutions.

In Tumakaru, Congress workers took out protest march on horse carts to protest fuel price hike.

In Hubbali, when miscreants burnt tyres, Congress workers helped police personnel to douse the fire and clean the area. Women participated in protests in large numbers in Hubbali.

Maharashtra | 10:30 am

Congress leaders detained in Mumbai

Maharashtra State Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thackeray and Sanjay Nirupam were detained from the Andheri station in Mumbai for staging a rail 'roko' during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Maharashtra State Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thackeray and Sanjay Nirupam were detained from the Andheri station in Mumbai for staging a rail 'roko' during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate

 

Shutters were down on most markets in Mumbai and Thane. Stone pelting incidents on BEST buses were reported from Vashi Naka and Pratiksha Nagar bus depots. Noone was injured in the attacks, while window panes of buses were broken.

Congress activists burnt tyres on the roads in Bhayander to disrupt vehicular traffic.

Congress activists led by state chief Ashok Chavan, Mumbai chief Sanjay Nirupam  attempted to stop trains at Andheri station. They were detained. Congress activists were detained outside Govandi railway station too.

Congress functionaries were threatening shop owners, forcing them to down shutters in several area of suburban North Mumbai. The party teams were seen moving in twos and threes requesting shop keepers to remain shut until further instructions are issued.

Kerala | 10:20 am

Hartal hits life in Thiruvananthapuram 

Chalai, the busiest market in Thiruvananthapuram, wears a deserted look during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Chalai, the busiest market in Thiruvananthapuram, wears a deserted look during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: S Mahinsha

 

The dawn to dusk hartal called by Congress and Left parties on Monday has paralysed life in the state capital.

Shops and business establishments are closed. Educational institutions are not functioning. Attendance is thin in Secretariat and other government offices.

The State-owned KSRTC and the private stage carriers are not plying while private vehicles are running.

Hundreds who arrived in trains were stranded as taxies and autos are off the road.

The police removed 12 Congress workers who tried to block the Technopark gate. The city police have stepped up security in capital.

Tamil Nadu | 10:15 am

Partial response to bandh in Coimbatore

Around 60% of hotels, shops and establishments were closed in Coimbatore city in the morning.

TNSTC is operating all the local services as usual while some of the private buses have kept off the road. However, inter-state buses are not plying

The bandh did not have much impact on the normal life in rural parts of Coimbatore where majority of the shops and establishments are open.

Karnataka | 10:15 am

Bengaluru peaceful

Bengaluru was partially shut on Monday as government services, buses and most private retail shops had remained closed.

Traffic flow was low.

While most private companies continue to operate, schools, banks, and government offices are closed. The bandh has been largely peaceful.

Puducherry | 10:10 am

Stone pelting in Puducherry

Youth Congress workers stage a dharna in front of the new bus stand in Puducherry before courting arrest during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Youth Congress workers stage a dharna in front of the new bus stand in Puducherry before courting arrest during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: T.Singaravelou

 

Reports of violence are coming from Puducherry.

Protestors pelted stones on a TNSTC bus near Nellithope signal. Windscreens of a bus owned by private Arts and Science College were damaged in stone pelting at Muthialpet.

Congress workers forced petrol bunks operated by government undertakings to shut down.

Around 100 cadre belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India courted arrest while taking out a rally in support of Bharat bandh.

Around 200 Youth Congress workers court arrest near the New Bus Stand.

Chief Minister V. Naravanaswamy twweted: "Steep rise in prices of petrol and diesel fleecing common people Effect led price rise and inflation why people in power silent 11 lakh crore collected for last four years Where it is. Loot and day light robbery. Time is not far of to throw away NDA govt."

Odisha | 09:40 am

In Odisha, Congress adopts 'Gandhigiri'

A Congress member pleads with a motorist to take part in the ''Bharat bandh'' by offering roses in Bhubaneswar on September 10, 2018.

A Congress member pleads with a motorist to take part in the ''Bharat bandh'' by offering roses in Bhubaneswar on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

 

Normal life was completely paralysed in Odisha as Congress and other opposition parties observed Bharat Bandh protesting against hike in fuel prices on Monday morning.

Biju Patnaik University of Technology suspended examinations of all professional courses in view of the bandh. Schools and colleges remained closed.

Odisha Congress leaders resorted to 'Gandhigiri', a term popularised by Hindi movie series Munna Bhai by offering flowers and requesting general public support the bandh. The Congress also opened a control room to make sure that its cadres don’t take law into their hands.

West Bengal | 9:20 am

TMC takes extra effort to keep West Bengal normal

The Bharat bandh called by Congress and the call for a 12 hour strike by the Left parties in protest against the rising prices of petroleum products has little impact in West Bengal.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has made it clear that they will oppose the bandh but will hit the streets in protest over the same issue.

Public life and vehicular movement in Kolkata and most of the districts are normal on Monday morning. Large police contingent have been deployed at the two rail stations to prevent any untoward incident.

In a bid to keep vehicular traffic normal on Monday the TMC government has deployed 4,000 government buses in the State. Extra trams have also been deployed in Kolkata. The State government has already issued a notification instructing its employees to report for duty on Monday.

9:15 am

Congress sits on dharna in Rajghat

Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Rajghat on Monday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Rajghat on Monday.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

 

Congress kickstarted its protest against fuel price hike and weakening rupee from Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to the father of the nation before the protest. He also offered water collected during his Kailash Manasarovar yatra.

Following this, Congress leaders sat on a dharna at Rajghat.

Tamil Nadu | 9:10 am

Life normal in Chennai

The Bharath Bandh called by Congress and Left Parties against the hike of fuel, did not receive major response in Chennai. Transport services such as buses, trains, autos, and call- taxis are normal. Office goers, school children are seen rushing as usual.

Over 5,000 police personnel are deployed for bandobust duty at vantage points. Bus depots and railway station are given adequate bandobust.

Political parties and trade unions have organised protests in a few places.

Meghalaya | 9:05 am

Meghalaya Congress stays off shutdown

The Congress in Meghalaya, which had pushed for legal action against shutdowns during its rule five years ago, has abstained from the united opposition’s nationwide Bharat bandh against fuel price hike.

AICC’s Meghalaya in-charge Luzinho Faleiro said the party has not enforced the shutdown in the State in view of the Meghalaya High Court’s ruling against bandhs in 2013. The Gauhati High Court too had given a similar ruling.

Elsewhere in the Northeast, the bandh evoked mixed response while it had no impact in Nagaland. There were no reports of violence during the first couple of hours of the shutdown.

Gujarat | 9:00 am

Highways blocked, govt. buses stay off the roads in Gujarat

Several highways were blocked by Congress workers in Gujarat in view of the Bharat bandh.

In Bharuch, Dahej highway was blocked. In North Gujarat, Bhiloda and Himatnagar highways were also blocked.

The NSUI and Youth Congress workers were seen forcing schools to shut in Ahmedabad.

More than 150 routes of state transport buses are closed in Gujarat. In Mehsana, Aravalli, Panchmahal and Porbandar districts, most of the government bus routes are closed.

Bihar | 8:50 am

Trains, highways blocked in Bihar

Protesters blocked movement of trains in Bihar at several places such as Jehanabad, Madhubani, Ara and Patna. Highways too have been blocked in some areas.

Schools have been closed for today in Patna in view of the bandh.

Jan Adhikar Party leader and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav along with his supporters blocked movement of trains at Rajendra Nagar railway station in Patna.

The main rally is set to come out at 11 am in Patna.

Tamil Nadu | 8:25 am

No TN-Karnataka, TN-Kerala bus service

Inter-state buses plying to Karnataka have been stopped in Hosur.  Tamil Nadu-bound Karnataka State transport buses have also been stopped at Athibelle.

The TNSTC and Kerala Road Transport Corporation have completely suspended inter-state bus operations from Coimbatore since dawn.

Buses and other vehicles continue to ply normally in all parts of Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka | 8:20 am

Congress workers block train in Ballari

Congress workers led by MLA B.  Nagendra blocked the Amaravati Express at Ballari Railway Station as part of Bharat bandh.

Mr. Nagendra also rode a horse to symbolically highlight the effect of increasing fuel prices.

Normal life was affected since morning as KSRTC buses were off the roads and almost all hotels and restaurants remaining closed.  Autos were plying.

Holiday has been declared for schools and colleges.

Puducherry | 8:15 am

Kiran Bedi urges people to report incidents of violence

Most of the shops remained closed across Puducherry, which is ruled by Congress.

Most private schools and petrol pumps remained closed. A few professional colleges functioned as usual.

Congress workers were seen roaming around the town on motorcycles to enforce the bandh.

Private vehicles continued to ply though in reduced numbers.

Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has asked law enforcers to be stern against those disrupting peace.

"Anyone damaging public property during the bandh call today must be dealt with under substantive law, based on evidence recorded from the spot. And cases chargesheeted... People and property must be protected without any favour, whoever it be," she said in a message.

She also urged people to call 1031 to report any incident of violence.

Maharashtra | 8:00 am

In Maharashtra, MNS in, Sena opts outs

Pune Muncipal Transport bus vandalised by MNS activists early in the morning at Kumthekar road during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.

Pune Muncipal Transport bus vandalised by MNS activists early in the morning at Kumthekar road during the ''Bharat bandh'' on September 10, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannu

 

A day after Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam appealed to the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) to support the party’s call for Bharat bandh on Monday, in protest against the rising fuel prices, the MNS on Sunday confirmed its participation.

The Sena, which is a part of the government, has decided to stay away. The party’s Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Raut, said, “The Sena does not support the bandh. Opposition parties seem to have woken up late. They are welcome to protest and when they are unsuccessful, we’ll hit the streets.”

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Activists of MNS, reportedly damaged a State Transport bus in Pune’s Kumthekar road area.

Petrol pumps in Aurangabad district have decided to remain shut till noon.

Karnataka | 07:55 am

Petrol pumps are open in Hassan while schools and colleges remain closed.

BJP MLA Preetham Gowda has said his party will oppose if attempts are made to forcefully close shops.

Karnataka | 07:52 am

Congress plans protest in Tumakaru

Schools and colleges are closed since the Tumakuru district administration has declared holiday today.

Shops and other commercial establishments yet to open. The petrol bunks are open.

The movement of KSRTC and city buses is very less in Tumakuru. However, the autorickshaw are plying on the roads as usual.

The Congress party workers have planned to stage protest demonstration at Town Hall circle in Tumakuru at 10am.

Karnataka | 07:50 am

Schools closes, buses don't ply in Belagavi

The Bharat bandh seems to have a significant impact on life in Belagavi.

Buses did not leave the North West Karnataka Transport Corporation bus stand since morning.City buses would stop playing by around 9 am, officers said. Private vehicles were plying on the roads.

The district administration had declared a holiday for schools and colleges. Private shops and offices were yet to open.

There is heavy police presence in the streets, especially the old city areas that have a history of law and order disturbances.

Several organizations such as Karnataka Rakshana Vedike , KSRTC staff and workers union, SUCI, AIDSO, Auto and taxi owners and drivers union have supported the strike.

Andhra Pradesh | 7:40 am

Holiday for schools, colleges in Srikakulam

Left members protest at RTC complex in Vizianagaram on Monday

Left members protest at RTC complex in Vizianagaram on Monday   | Photo Credit: K. SRINIVASA RAO

 

Congress and Left parties organised protest separately in early hours of Monday in Srikakulam as part of Bharat  Bandh to oppose the "unprecedented" hike of petrol and diesel prices.

Many educational institutions announced holiday. 

TDP leaders decided hold agitation over the issue without participating in bandh.

Andhra Pradesh | 7:30 am

Left, AAP members arrested in Tirupati

A CPI(M) member being arrested in Tirupati during protest against soaring fuel prices, on Monday.

A CPI(M) member being arrested in Tirupati during protest against soaring fuel prices, on Monday.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

 

In the temple city of Tirupati, police swooped down on CPI, CPI(M) and AAP members who were protesting early in the day at RTC junction. They were housed at M.R. Palle Police Station.

Party cadre staged a demonstration in front of the police station, citing "police excesses".

CPI-ML New Democracy blame the NDA government for increasing fuel prices 23 times in a short span of time.

CPI-ML New Democracy blame the NDA government for increasing fuel prices 23 times in a short span of time.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

 

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