India On Strike Today – 7 Live Updates On Bharat Bandh You Should Know!
Congress and 22 major opposition parties have called for a Bharat Bandh today, September 10th.
Opposition Parties led by Congress has joined their forces for executing a massive Bandh or Strike today, covering entire India.
Is this strike political or social? Which states are being affected negatively? What should you do today?
Checkout 7 Live Updates on Bharat Bandh, right here!
- 1 Live Update #1: Bharat Bandh By Congress, and Opposition
- 2 Live Update #2: Which States Will Be Hit Maximum?
- 3 Live Update #3: Situation In Karnataka Right Now
- 4 Live Update #4: Situation In West Bengal, Orissa
- 5 Live Update #5: Violence?
- 6 Live Update #6: Political Statements
- 7 Live Update #7: What Should You Do?
Live Update #1: Bharat Bandh By Congress, and Opposition
21 major opposition parties, and Congress have declared a Bharat Bandh today, that is September 10th 2018. The official timing of the strike is between 9 AM to 3 PM, entire India.
The Bandh has been called against rising prices of commodities, including petrol and diesel, since last few days. After an increase of 12 paise a liter yesterday, petrol is being sold at Rs 80.50 per liter in Delhi, and diesel Rs 72.61 per liter.
Live Update #2: Which States Will Be Hit Maximum?
Since the Bandh has been called by Congress and other opposition parties, it is expected that non-BJP ruled states will be worst hit with the bandh. Hence, states such as Karnataka, West Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana will be hit the maximum.
Except Congress, the leading opposition parties which have joined the bandh are: former PM HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular), Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM(S), Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), M K Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and others.
Live Update #3: Situation In Karnataka Right Now
As per incoming reports, the situation in Karnataka is one of the worst, as transportation is completely jammed in Bengaluru. Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, KSRTC, BMTC, Ola and Uber Drivers and Owners Association, Private Taxi Owners Association, Tours and Travels Taxi Association, Auto Drivers’ Association among others have supported the ban.
North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) is not running today, and BMTC has suspended all their bus routes including those to the airport.
Most of the Schools and Colleges in Karnataka are closed today, as per directions of Education Ministry.
Live Update #4: Situation In West Bengal, Orissa
Fearing the worst, State Administration in West Bengal and Orissa have taken precautionary measures as these two states are expected to be hit severely due to the strike. Schools have been ordered to shut down in Orissa, meanwhile in Bengal, State Govt. has declared an insurance of Rs 75000 for any vehicle damaged due to the strike.
Govt. employees in West Bengal are prohibited from taking any leave today (Monday), and there shall be additional buses running.
Live Update #5: Violence?
In some states, like Maharashtra, Mumbai Police has already imposed Section 149 on MNS Party workers, in case they participate in any violence.
In some parts of Orissa, reports of rail track blockage have been reported, and demonstrations, marches have been reported in Andhra and Telangana by Congress workers.
Live Update #6: Political Statements
Political statements have already started coming in from both the sides – BJP Govt. and opposition parties. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the strike is meaningless, as the price of oil is dependent on global markets.
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has declared Congress as a ‘singing ship of corruption’, whereas other leaders from BJP have termed this strike as a ‘political stunt’.
Meanwhile, reports are coming in which states that Congress President Rahul Gandhi has started his march from Rajghat towards Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, supported by his party workers.
The issue of increased fuel prices remains the main concern.
Live Update #7: What Should You Do?
Primarily stay safe!
If you are non-BJP ruled states, then take some extra precautions, and avoid venturing into areas where a possibility of violence exists. The strike will subside after 3, and by 6, there will be bare minimal effect of the same.
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Image: Sikar Kisan Andolan 2017 (Sikar Farmer Movement 2017) (Wikipedia)