Imagine waking up to a message that reads that you are granted work from home today, to add more excitement- it’s a MONDAY morning! Side-lining all the Monday-not-so-blues feeling, the reason for the same is identified as #BharatBandh. No, we aren’t new to this term as nowadays every situation results into a Bharat Bandh or some city bandh andolan.

As I write this piece, my ears draw their attention to the voices passing by my society lane chanting ‘Gully Gully mein shor hai, Modi Sarkar Chor hai’. For the unknown, today is declared a Bharat Bandh by the Congress Party against the rising fuel prices and joining them in the protest are other political parties like Raj Thackeray helmed MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena), Samajwadi Party and AAP (Aam Aadmi Party).  However, Shiv Sena has taken a decision to not support the shutdown.

Rates of petrol and diesel in Mumbai saw a 23 paise hike each to Rs 88.12/litre and Rs 77.32/litre, respectively, while the national capital witnessed the petrol and diesel prices rise to 23 paise and 22 paise, respectively. The increase pushed the price of petrol in Delhi to Rs 80.73/litre. Diesel touched a fresh high of Rs 72.83 a litre owing to the fall in the dollar-rupee and increase in global crude oil rates.

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Supposedly a peaceful protest, expectedly saw a few petrol pumps being forcefully shut down by MNS and workers of other political parties in areas of Chembur and Sahar. Also, at around 9.30 am local trains were stopped by hundreds of Congress workers at Andheri station.

Cut to beyond Mumbai- there are protests all over in the regions of Aurangabad, Pune, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh, Ranchi where some violent behaviour of the protestors and loss to public properties has also been reported.

We take a look at the micro-blogging site to see what are the netizens upto this Monday with their view on today’s Bharat Bandh and know more about the happenings pan India. And it was a mixed bag.