Bharat Bandh: Nationwide protest against rise in fuel prices

Public transport and normal life is likely to be affected on Monday, as many services will be unavailable in the wake of a nationwide shutdown called by the Congress against rising diesel and petrol prices

Many states, especially in South India, where the BJP has little or no presence in terms of elected representatives, have come out in support of the Bharat Bandh.

According to reports, except for Nammo metro, all forms of transport service in Karnataka are going to take a massive hit during the bandh to be observed between 9am and 3pm. The state road transport buses will remain off the roads as the KSRTC Staff and Workers Association has extended its support for the bandh. Hence, services by all state-run transport corporations – BMTC, KSRTC, NWKRTC, NEKRTC are believed to a part of the nationwide strike.

Several schools and colleges in Bangalore have declared a holiday as a precautionary measure. But, essential services like milk supply, hospitals and medical services will not be affected.

The state government in Odisha, has directed all schools to remain closed on September 10 and has ordered to ensure maintenance of essential services in the districts during the Nationwide strike.

Regional parties, including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu, Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S) in Karnataka, and left parties in Kerala and elsewhere, have supported the bandh call.

The Nation wide shut down will be observed between 9am and 3pm.