Delhiites are expected to face problems in commuting and traffic jams on Thursday in the wake of the BJP-sponsored strike in the Capital against the petrol price hike.
Several auto-rickshaw and taxi unions and traders in Delhi have pledged support to the bandh. The BJP has planned protests at 100 places in the Capital, indicating traffic snarls.
The auto-rickshaw and taxi unions are demanding roll back of the tax levy on CNG.
"We don't want an increase in the fare but a rollback of VAT on CNG. Close to 15,000 taxis and 55,000 auto rickshaws will not run on Thursday," said Rajendra Soni, president, Bhartiya Private Transport Mazdoor Mahasangh.However, private buses and feeder vans will run as usual.
Delhi transport minister Arvinder singh, however, claimed that only BJP-affiliated auto-rickshaw unions will strike work. "Most autos will run and the commuters will not face problems," he claimed.
Apart from transporters, more than 250 traders' organisations will also support the bandh call. Many key markets such as Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar will remain shut.
"We are protesting the increase in VAT on clothes,” said Sanjay Bhargava, General Secretary, Chandni Chowk Sarv Vypar Mandal.
"The common man is fed up with the consistent hike in prices of petrol, diesel, CNG," said Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta.
The BJP has plans to disrupt the assembly as well but the ruling Congress has issued a whip to its members to remain present in the House and ensure normal business. "When entire Delhi will remain closed the assembly should also remain closed," said leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra.