Petrol hike fury: Bharat bandh on May 31 to affect normalcy


Petrol price hike
New Delhi,May 30: The Bharat Bandh called by the NDA on May 31 seems to be finding support across party lines with the SAD, CPM, BJD, Trinamool Congress, BJP, AIADMK, DMK, all offering their support to the bandh. The shut down, however, will be felt more in the BJP ruled states.

[UPDATE ON May 31st: Violence reported on Bharat bandh from Bangalore, UP]

The bandh is not likely to have major affect in the southern state of Tamil Nadu since a protest/agitation on the steep petrol price hike was already staged by the DMK on May 30 that saw dramatic statements being made on Karunanidhi’s veiled threat to pull out of the UPA. The AIADMK also staged a protest in Chennai on May 30 on the UPA’s decision to hike petrol prices with many party MLAs and MPs gathering in front of Central govt offices along with party workers. It has to be remembered that Tamil Nadu levies among the highest rates of VAT on petrol among the other states in the range of 25% and 33%.

Autos will not ply but buses will operate as usual in Tamil Nadu. Government offices are also expected to function. Interstate buses to Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh will operate depending on the situation near the border areas. [Read: Bharat Bandh to see complete shutdown in Bangalore]

In Hyderabad, the bandh call comes at a time when the state is going through a rough patch in lieu of YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s arrest. There is already a searing law and order issue in the state with the police and security officials trying hard to avoid any untoward incidents. Sec 144 was clamped in the state following the tumultuous phase leading to Jagan’s arrest.

Bihar’s former BJP chief MP Radha Mohan Singh called on all people in the state to express solidarity for the bandh, especially the youth against the UPA’s unprecedented petrol price hike. They will also be organizing a torchlight procession in different parts of Bihar on the evening of May 30 as a prelude to the Bharat Bandh.

NDA convenor and JDU President Sharad Yadav making the announcement for the bandh said, "Government has washed its hands off the decision on price hike but in reality it happens only when the Government wants. The Government will also be increasing prices of diesel and LPG after the Presidential elections get over."

He added, "Common people are suffering due to wrong policies of the UPA Government. Prices of commodities are rising uncontrollably making it difficult for an average Indian to make both ends meet.”

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