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.
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.
— Jake (@jake_santos11) September 10, 2018
— UiTV Connect (@UiTV_Connect) September 10, 2018
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.
— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2018
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.
Happy #BharatBandh. Where we protest against rising fuel prices by shutting down public transport.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 10, 2018
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) September 10, 2018
A political party supremo despite herself being out on bail for corruption charges calls for #BharathBandh to protest against govt which has done 100% more work for betterment of Indians than Congress could ever do in last 60 years.
Cong existence revolves around fooling people
— Arvind Limbavali (@bjparvind) September 9, 2018
Congress to kickstart protests tomorrow at 8am from Rajghat. The bandh is being supported by 21 opposition parties under INC leadership.
INC leaders to sit on peaceful dharna against rising fuel prices and draconian policies, falling Rupee and Rafale deal.#BharathBandh
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) September 9, 2018
Whom exactly tomorrow’s bandh is against?
1. Is it against previous UPA govt,who took 2 lakhs Cr loan on account of oil bonds & increased petrol price from ₹37 to ₹78
2. Is it against the state govt who get petrol for ₹54,add ₹28 tax &sell it for ₹82
— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) September 9, 2018
Dear Congress, try how much ever you want to break the nation,
— Akash Jain (@akash207) September 9, 2018
I support #BharathBandh because you can’t go on looting the people of a country & refuse to give any explanation for your disastrous economic policies .
A govt which squeezes out the hard earned money of its citizens has no right to rule . These exorbitant prices can’t go on !
— Pankhuri Pathak (@pankhuripathak) September 9, 2018
I request you all to participate actively in today's nationwide protest and ensure a peaceful conduct of #BharathBandh. ?
— Avinash Pande (@avinashpandeinc) September 10, 2018
No need to do Bharat Band, Bharat is already Band due to
1 High petrol and diesel prices
2 No job to youths
3 15 lakhs people lost their job due to Note bandi
4 GDP growth of 5% not creating jobs
5 Bad implementation of GST
6 Rafale, PNB, Vijay Mallya scam
— Shrikant Dhakne (@shrikantdhakne) September 9, 2018
— Padma Rani INDIAN (@KPadmaRani1) September 10, 2018
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) September 10, 2018