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Bharat Bandh Live updates: Andhra Pradesh govt reduces VAT on petrol, diesel by Rs 2 per litre

The Congress and several opposition parties are observing a Bharat Bandh on Monday to protest rising fuel prices. Here are the live updates:

By HT Correspondent | Sep 10, 2018 18:23 IST

Violence was reported in several places across the country on Monday during the Congress-led protest against the spiralling fuel prices as workers of opposition parties halted trains in Assam and Mumbai and vandalised public property in Maharashtra.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the issue as his party led the nation-wide shutdown to protest the hike.

The ruling BJP said the Bharat Bandh was not successful and condemned the violence reported in several states during the shutdown.

Congress and 21 other opposition parties are enforcing the ‘Bharat Bandh’ across the country to protest the steep rise in the price of petrol and diesel, causing hardships to the common man and the poor.

Here are the live updates:

5:14pm IST

Fuel price hike ‘momentary difficulty’, says BJP

The BJP has called the hike in prices of petroleum products a “momentary difficulty” due to the international crisis while slamming the Congress and other opposition parties for the incidents of violence during the Bharat Bandh. The party also claimed that the shutdown was “unsuccessful” because people understood the reasons why petrol and diesel prices were going up.

4:23pm IST

Chandrababu Naidu reduces VAT on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced reduction in Value Added Tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre in the state. Naidu made the announcement in the state assembly after holding high level official meeting at his chambers in the afternoon, in the wake of the Bharat Bandh call given by the Congress and various other anti-BJP parties in the country.

3:56pm IST

Bus services resume in some parts of Karnataka

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation said that bus services in Davanagere, Chamarajnagar, Kolar, Kolar Gold Fields, Bengaluru, Shimoga and Tumkur have now resumed.

3:32 pm IST

Distressed people forcing opposition parties to come together:Yechury

Distressed people are forcing opposition parties to come together against the “anti-people” government of the BJP at the Centre, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said at a rally called by Left parties in Delhi against rising fuel prices.

“Left parties call on people to join this protest in a big way to demonstrate people’s rejection of the Modi government and its policies. Distressed people of the country are forcing opposition parties to come together against the anti-people BJP government at the Centre,” Yechury told the people gathered at the rally in New Delhi.

3:15 pm IST

Tripura hit by ‘Bharat Bandh’ call

Most markets, shops and business establishments were closed and private and passenger vehicles remained off the roads. Government offices and some banks were open but employee attendance was low.

3:00 pm IST

Normal life affected in Puducherry, stones hurled at two buses

Normal life in Puducherry was affected with many people stranded at bus stands as public vehicles remained off roads, while stones were thrown a Tamil Nadu government-owned express bus and a private college vehicle.

All private inter-state and intra-state buses remained off roads. Retail petrol and diesel outlets, all shops and commercial establishments remained closed in the Union territory while police personnel were deployed in strength at various points.

2:43 pm IST

Little response to bandh in Punjab, Haryana, HP

The call for ‘Bharat bandh’ evoked little response in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana with most shopkeepers and private players continuing with business as usual.

In Chandigarh, some parts of Sector 27, 28 and 30 markets remained closed while the rest of the city was open.

2:10 pm IST

300 detained Congress workers detained in Gujarat

Congress’ Bharat bandh evoked a mixed response in Gujarat with the party calling the shutdown successful while the police claimed it had no major impact.

Police said that over 300 Congress functionaries were detained across the state, including state party chief Amit Chavda and Gujarat party in-charge Rajiv Satav from Lal Darwaja area in Ahmedabad.

1:56 pm IST

Bandh evokes poor response in Lucknow

All shops are open in Hazratganj market. ‘Bharat bandh’ evokes poor response in Lucknow as almost a;; prominent markets are open in the state capital.

1:45 pm IST

Congress activists protest across Punjab

Congress leaders and workers held protests across Punjab on Monday following the Bharat Bandh call given by the Congress party against the rising fuel prices.

The protests were held in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda, Ferozepur and other towns across Punjab.

1:30 pm IST

No impact of bandh in Congress-ruled Mizoram

Shops, offices and educational institutions were open in Congress-ruled Mizoram as there was no impact of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ anywhere in the state, officials said.

Neither the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) nor the opposition parties joined the nation-wide bandh called by the Congress and supported by 21 political parties protesting against the unprecedented rise in fuel prices.

1:03 pm IST

Death of child not related to bandh: SDO Jehanabad

The death of the child is not related to bandh or traffic jam, the relatives had left late from their home: SDO Jehanabad Paritosh Kumar on reports that a 2-year-old patient had died after the vehicle was stuck in ‘Bharat Bandh’ protests, reports ANI.

12:50 pm IST

No role of government in fuel hike: BJP

BJP said the ‘Bharat bandh’ was not successful and condemned the violence that has occurred in several states due to the shutdown.

“The BJP strongly believes that in spite of some momentary difficulty, people are not supporting the bandh. That is unnerving the Congress party and the opposition. And the resort to violence is designed to over-awe the people of India,” says Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a press conference.

“People know the truth, there is no role of government in fuel hike. It is due to external factors,” he says.

“Why are people of India indifferent to the Bharat bandh? Because they understand the rise to fuel price, even though temporary, is because of factors beyond the control of government of India,” he says.

“Everyone has a right to protest but what is happening today? Petrol pumps and buses being set ablaze, putting to risk lives. A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protests in Bihar’s Jehanabad. Who is responsible?”: Ravi Shankar Prasad, reports ANI.

12:36 pm IST

Massive demonstration by Congress in UP’s Unnao

Massive demonstration by Congress workers in Unnao. Hundreds of party workers court arrest including former MP Annu Tandon.

12:33 pm IST

Left, AAP leaders join protest

12:26 pm IST

Train services affected in Assam

Nine trains had to be halted and were delayed by 20 to 80 minutes in Assam as protesters obstructed trains.

According to the Northeast Frontier Railways, picketers obstructed trains at various places in Lumding and Tinsukia division. Protesters blocked movement of trains at Silchar, Digboi and between Nakachari and Mariani.

“These blockades were lifted later and train services resumed,” said a NF Railways release.

12:23 pm IST

Congress workers carry motorcycle on cart in Delhi

Police then took them into custody.
12:21 pm IST

Oppn workers stage protests in Andhra Pradesh, held

Scores of opposition workers were taken into custody across Andhra Pradesh as they staged protests as part of the ‘Bharat Bandh’.

As a precautionary measure, the State Road Transport Corporation suspended some of its services in various districts.

The protesters staged a sit-in in front of RTC depots to prevent movement of buses Police then took them into custody.

12:18 pm IST

Lukewarm response in West Bengal

The bandh evoked lukewarm response in West Bengal with vehicular traffic remaining near normal.

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) had previously opposed the strike and said the state government would take every possible step to ensure that the public life remains unaffected.

In Kolkata, most of the shops and markets remained open while the city’s metro service functioned normally.

12:10 pm IST

14 BEST buses vandalised in Mumbai

MNS, Congress and NCP have block traffic at Teen Hath Naka along Eastern Express Highway in Thane.

There is traffic congestion from Nitin Company Junction to Teen Hath Naka junction on Eastern Express Highway in Thane. MNS also tried to force auto rickshaws to stay off roads.

A total of 14 BEST buses on various routes have been vandalised in different parts of Mumbai since morning.

12:04 pm IST

Congress and BJP workers clash in Udupi

Police indulged in mild lathi charge to control workers of Congress and BJP who clashed in Udupi in Karnataka over the bandh.

BJP alleged the Congress was trying to forcibly close commercial establishments.Prabhakar Poojary, district BJP President was injured in the clash.

11:59 am IST

Govt can even say inflation will bring development: Akhilesh Yadav

11:56 am IST

AAP joins protest

Delhi’s ruling Aam Admi Party, which till yesterday had distanced itself from the Bharat Bandh called by the Congress, joined the opposition parties to protest against rising fuel prices.

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh along with party leaders shared the dais with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and leaders of other opposition parties at the Ramlila Grounds.

11:52 am IST

What else can be expected from ‘frustrated’ opposition: Yogi Adityanath

Frustrated opposition doesn’t have any strategy and leadership, what else can be expected from them? I hope God gives them sense so they can differentiate between positive and negative otherwise in future they will even lose their position as Opposition: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, reports ANI.

11:40 am IST

PM Modi has not spoken a word on rising prices of fuel: Rahul Gandhi

“Narendra Modi ji is silent, he has not spoken a word on rising prices of fuel, or condition of farmers, neither on atrocities against women” says Rahul Gandhi, reports ANI.

11:33 am IST

58 Congress workers taken into custody in Jharkhand

Altogether 58 Congress activists were taken into police custody in Jharkhand for forcibly trying to enforce the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the party, a police officer said.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Left parties in Jharkhand are supporting the Congress-sponsored ‘Bharat bandh called against fuel price hike.

11:30 am IST

‘Bharat Bandh’ an attempt to spread rumour, confusion: BJP

The BJP dubbed the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call as an attempt to spread rumour and confusion among the masses.

Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took on the Congress, saying it has been a “history-sheeter” on the issue of price rise whenever it was in power and is now shedding crocodile tears.

11:21 am IST

Opposition parties take out protest march across UP

Samajwadi Party workers staged demonstration in Varanasi . In Meerut, Congress leaders and workers are protesting outside office of divisional commissioner’s office.

In Firozabad district congressmen on roads, Congress workers are taking out protest, supported by Samajwadi party and RLD workers.

Congressmen are urging shopkeepers to close down shops in Agra markets.

Samajwadi party workers are staging protest at Agra Sadar tehsil

11:17 am IST

Major transport associations supporting bandh in Karnataka: Congress

Karnataka Congress said several autorickshaw unions and airport taxi owners’ associations are also supporting the bandh.

11:13 am IST

Congress workers vandalise petrol pump in Ujjain

Congress workers vandalise a petrol pump in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.

11:04 am IST

MNS workers force shopkeepers to shut shops in Parel

MNS workers forcefully shutdown shops and establishments at Bharatmata Junction Naka, Parel in Mumbai.

10:54 am IST

Partial response in Telangana, total shutdown in AP

In Hyderabad, the bandh evoked little response all the government offices, educational institutions and banks ran as usual. The state-run Road Transport Corporation buses were operated normally.

Congress and the Left party workers staged demonstrations, raised slogans against the Narendra Modi government and courted arrest.

Most of the private schools, however, declared a holiday.

In Andhra Pradesh, the bandh was near total in several districts due to active participation of the ruling Telugu Desam Party, the Left and Jana Sena Parties. The YSR Congress party, however, stayed away from the bandh call.

Buses were confined to depots in many towns, while educational institutions remained shut. The attendance in the government offices was thin. The TDP workers staged protests at many places.

10:49 am IST

Heavy police deployed in Delhi

Offices, schools and colleges in Delhi opened at regular time despite the bandh call.

Heavy police deployment was made in the national capital with reserve police forces deployed and motorcycle patrols being put on high alert, a senior police officer said.

Traffic was affected in Daryaganj and around Ramlila Maidan due to the protest and commuters faced problems in reaching their destinations as the cab companies had hiked their fares.

10:44 am IST

Time to change BJP govt will come soon: Manmohan Singh

Modi government has done a number of things that were not in the interest of the nation. The time to change this government will come soon: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

10:39 am IST

Vehicles vandalised in Patna

Jan Adhikar Party workers vandalise vehicles in Patna.

10:30 am IST

MNS tries to disrupt metro rail services at D N Road station

Police take MNS workers into custody for trying to disrupt Metro rail services at D N Road station.

10:25 an IST

Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thakre detained

Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thakre have been detained and taken to DN Nagar police station.

10:25 am IST

MNS workers detained in Dadar, Star Mall closed

Police detain MNS workers who tried to agitate outside Sena Bhavan in Dadar. Leaders including Sandeep Deshpande and Rita Gupta taken into custody.

The Star Mall in Dadar is closed for the day.

10:20 am IST

12 trains cancelled

East Coast Railway Zone has cancelled 12 trains including Bhubaneswar-Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express and Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Inter City Express.

10:12 am IST

Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh join Congress protest

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh join Congress-led bandh protest against fuel price hike.

HT Photo/Sonu Mehta
10:09 am IST

Local train services resume from Andheri station

Local train services resume from Andheri railway station : Gajanan Mahatpurkar, PRO, Western Railway.

Train services are fully functional on Central Railway line.

10:03 am IST

Few petrol pumps shut in Mumbai

Petrol pump operators alleged that political party activists especially MNS are targeting random petrol pump stations and forcing them to be shut.

Few petrol pump have been closed at Chembur, Sahar in Mumbai.

A deserted petrol pump in Chembur. (HT Photo/Kunal Patil)
9:50 am IST

Local train services from Andheri station affected

Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan along with 1000 Congress activists protesting at Andheri station. GRP control room has confirmed that protesters have stopped Borivali-bound slow local train.

Local trains from Andheri station are not operational as protestors have blocked platform number three and four.

9:49 am IST

Congress workers protest in Raipur

Congress workers protest against fuel price hike in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur.

9:43 am IST

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, LJD’s Sharad Yadav join protest

Congress president Rahul Gandhi joined by NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav to protest against fuel hike.

9:33 am IST

MNS workers bring donkey to protest at petrol pump

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers at Chembur brought a donkey, garlanded it with picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and protested at petrol pump.

9:13 am IST

Police to keep strict vigil in Jaipur, Jodhpur

Rajasthan Police asks district superintendents of police and police commissioners in Jaipur and Jodhpur to keep strict vigil.

Special director general of police NRK Reddy said as part of precautionary measure, four companies of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) have been deployed in Jaipur, one each in Baran and Bharatpur and one small platoon Ajmer have also deployed.

9:10 am IST

Congress workers protest in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Mahilla Congress takes part in Bharat Bandh.

9:05 am IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi heads towards Ramlila ground

HT Photo/Sonu Mehta
9:02 am IST

Bandh paralyses normal life in Assam, several detained

Tens of people have been detained in Assam from multiple districts after they tried to block roads and highways to enforce the Bharat Bandh, a senior police official said. “There have been no reports of any violence so far,”said Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia.

However, the Bandh has paralysed normal life as buses and taxis kept off the roads.

In Guwahati, Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Ripun Bora and senior leader and former chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat are expected to march to Dispur, the secretariat to request employees to not attend work.

8:59 am IST

Bandh supporters block railway track in Patna

Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik workers block railway tracks in Patna’s Rajendra Nagar Terminal railway station.

8:55 am IST

Bandh cripples Kerala, supporters exempt flood-affected areas

Bandh supporters blocked vehicles and forced closure of shops and business establishments at many places in Kerala.

All educational institution remained closed in the state. But rail and air services were not affected. Three major IT parks of the state are functioning normally. Bandh supporters have exempted flood-affected areas from the strike.

8:50 am IST

Protesters burn tyres, stop buses in Gujarat’s Bharuch

Traffic movement halted in Gujarat’s Bharuch as protesters burn tyres and stop buses.

8:44 am IST

Rahul Gandhi arrives at Rajghat

Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at Rajghat to join ‘Bharat Bandh’ protest against hike of fuel prices.

HT Photo/Sonu Mehta
8:25 am IST

Extra police forces deployed across Pune

Commissioner Of Police, Pune City, Venkatesham K says, “Extra deployment of forces has been done across the city today. Firm action will be taken on any miscreants taking law into their hands.”

8:06 am IST

CPI and CPI-M workers protest in Vijayawada

7:59 am IST

Mumbai Congress workers picked up by police, claims Sanjay Nirupam

Mumbai Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam tweeted that Congress workers were being picked up since early morning.

7:40 am IST

Congress workers protest in Telangana

7:15 am IST

Opposition parties protest in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar

7:00 am IST

State bus services closed in north-eastern Karnataka

Bus services of North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) closed in view of Bharat Bandh.

6:45 am IST

CPI(M) holds protest in Visakhapatnam

6:30 am IST

Congress workers block train in Odisha

Congress workers block a train in Sambalpur in Odisha.