The nationwide shutdown called by the Congress started from Rajghat on Monday as the petrol price continued to spiral upwards as it touched Rs 80.73/litre mark in Delhi and diesel hit Rs 72.83 while in Mumbai, petrol was priced at Rs 88.12/litre and diesel at 77.32/litre. Meanwhile, the rupee on Monday stooped to a record low of 72.18, falling 45 paise against the US dollar due to strong demand for the US currency from importers. The nationwide protest has also been called due to the depreciation of the rupee in the country. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi ahead of the ‘Bharat Bandh’.
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As many as 21 opposition parties have responded positively to the Congress-led ‘Bharat Bandh’. The parties include the Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal (Secular), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, the Left front (CPI, CPM, CPI-ML, SUCI and Forward block), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and Rashtriya Lok Dal.
Meanwhile, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said that it will not support the Band but it is against the sharp rise in fuel price. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have also shown a similar stance in Delhi.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ over rising fuel prices:
#BharatBandh against the all time high prices of Petrol & Diseal and unprecedented economic burdens being mounted on the people by the anti-people policies of the BJP govt.— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 10, 2018
Pics from Durgapur, West Bengal pic.twitter.com/q233jxoGsL
Plz extend this #BharatBandh for few more days untill they reduce the petrol/diesel hike.😺— St. Sinner (@retheeshraj10) September 10, 2018
Acche Din?— AIPC (@ProfCong) September 10, 2018
We think not.
All we are left with is hard choices.
Price of petrol is around Rs. 87/litre, that of Diesel about Rs. 75/litre. Price of LPG cylinder has increased from Rs. 414/cylinder in 2014 to Rs. 754/cylinder now.#BharatBandh#MehangiPadiModiSarkar pic.twitter.com/MWozfxOksH
as a professional its my duty to educate people on taxes and fuel hike ....all politicians do politics no exception but we the people should aware of facts #BharatBandh type stupid ideas won't help in reducing fuel prices unless states should support GOI in bring it under GST pic.twitter.com/h5I1hhnfh3— KEYRUN (@TOMBRAIDER_007) September 10, 2018
When Congress turned it around in 2004, the dissent & the anti incumbency against the Vajpayee Govt was not so much. It shouldn’t be too big a task for the INC to topple the BJP Govt when the nation is fed up with Modi’s Bhashan & Shashan.— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) September 10, 2018
2019 getting interesting. #BharatBandh
What are the credentials of the opposition? Who are they to call for #BharatBandh ? Since when you got ownership of Bharat? Do you have any business other than spreading hate in the country? Jokers ! #NoBharatBandh #CongressGoons #OutOnBailLeaders pic.twitter.com/bBbJoocIvv— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) September 9, 2018
Disastrous economic policy with no accountability of the present Government has become a burden for the people of this country to bear with . Support #BharatBandh to mark your protest . Vote for change .— Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) September 10, 2018
It's time to bury the cars and two wheelers, the price of fuel is hitting the pockets of the people of India, the bjp govt is a big failure#BharatBandh#MehangiPadiModiSarkar pic.twitter.com/OEjeUUJ1kK— KilaFateh #INC (@KilaFateh) September 10, 2018
RT IYC "RT Haryana_YC: Rupee at its lowest, Fuel at its highest. Modi sarkar has truly done something which the Congress didn't manage to do in 60 years. #BharatBandh"— Rajni Nagar (@RajniNagar9) September 10, 2018
Yes, Modi achieved all the unique things as the PM! Rupee fell to a historic low,Diesel and petrol price rise to a historic high, Mr Modi lives in a historic silence #BharatBandh— Arunkumar (@Akforyou10) September 10, 2018
I'm neither supporting nor opposing #BharatBandh.— Jay (@Freedom_Glider_) September 10, 2018
Not opposing it as we have a holiday today for office and not supporting it as I'm on the way to Lavasa.
Thanks to all the political leaders from all political parties. #BharatBandh
#BharatBandh what's the fuss about.... Modi said Sab kuch bahtar hoga...now rupee is bahtar (₹72 - bhattar) and Petrol is much beyond bahtar...— Raman Gupta (@guptaraman) September 10, 2018
#BharatBandh relief!— Ashraful Ala👊 🇮🇳 (@OhYesAsh4U) September 10, 2018
Ya Rajasthan govt reduced fuel price.
Now public remained one option that is to go Rajasthan and full our vehicle fuel tank.
#BharatBandh Aur mujhe aaj shopping jana tha :(— Shilpa (@Ladywithsarcasm) September 10, 2018
I strongly oppose #BharatBandh— pratik Sunil pawar (@pratikpawar2901) September 10, 2018
.... But yes! Govt should find some ways, means and mechanism to lower the Fuel price. Govt should take "E" for "extra effort#BharatBandh