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July 5 bandh: Essential services to be unaffected, says CM

mumbai Updated: Jul 02, 2010 17:39 IST

Essential services will remain unaffected during the the nationwide bandh on July 5, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said in Mumbai on Friday.

The Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, held that calls for bandhs were an "illegal and unconstitutional" means of protest, Chavan told reporters, adding the state government would approach court against the bandh.

The essential services like suburban trains and buses would continue to ply on the bandh day, Chavan said, adding the government was geared to tackle the bandh.

In 1998, a three-judge bench headed by then Chief Justice of India J S Verma upheld a Kerala high court ruling banning illegal political bandhs. However, political parties continue to call for bandhs, disrupting public life and trampling on basic fundamental rights of citizens.

The July five bandh has drawn support from the Shiv Sena. The Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Forward Bloc have jointly issued a statement announcing a 12-hour All-India Hartal to protest the hike on the same day.