Petrol price hike: Bharat bandh hits normal life.

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Bharat-bandhMay 31, New Delhi: Normal life across the country was  hit on Thursday as Opposition parties and some partners of the ruling UPA have called for nationwide bundh in protest against the steep hike in petrol prices.

The Bharat bundh has the support of the allies of the United Progressive Alliance such as the Trinamool Congress and DMK as well as the Opposition parties such as BJP and its supporting parties in the National Democratic Alliance, Left parties etc. Almost all the Central trade unions have given call for strike.

Violence has bewn reported from Pune and Satara, with several buses damaged, while Samajawadi Party workers have blocked train tracks in Lucknow, with its student wing stopping an express train en route to Allahabad. Other factions of the party have stopped three train services in Varanasi as well.

The Bandh is particularly effective in Gujarat, which has a BJP led government. The state has seen a complete shut down of all public transport services and reporters in the area say life there is at a complete standstill. The BJP are also holding protest rallies in Ahmedabad with workers also staging a sit in outside the Ahmedabad stock exchange.

In Delhi, the auto-rickshaw strike against CNG price hike by the Delhi government was also affecting the commuters. The auto rickshaw unions have also joined the bandh with 55,000 autos and 15,000 taxis expected to stay off the road. The BJP workers also stalled traffic at the Akshardham road in the capital.

In West Bengal, the supporters of the 12-hour bandh called by the NDA blocked roads in some districts and also squatted on railway tracks. Bandh supporters blocked the Howrah bridge, which connects the metropolis to the Howrah district. They also blocked roads at Chapadali more in Barasat, in Bankura district, Budge Budge and some other places, police said.

Similar pictures were seen in some parts of Mumbai too, especially in the Shiv Sena strongholds. The party’s workers are expected to come out on the streets to hold rallies. The city’s dabbawalas, too, will be join in and won’t be delivering tiffins.

But public transport won’t be affected as autos, taxis, BEST buses and railway unions have decided not to join the bandh in Mumbai. Five buses were stone pelted in Nagpur.

Apart from the NDA, Anna Hazare, too, has called on all his supporters to join the strike. The NDA and the Left called for a nationwide bandh after the government raised petrol prices by Rs 7.50 per litre.

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