Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the Narendra Modi government on Monday as he protested against the rising fuel prices in the country along with other Opposition parties.
Addressing the gathering of Opposition party leaders at Rajghat, Gandhi said, "The entire Opposition is here. We will together remove the BJP from power."
However, the ruling BJP has dismissed the call for strike saying no one had paid attention to the call by the Congress for a bandh.
'Bharat' will not be 'bandh', it will keep moving and progressing. No one is paying heed to this call by Congress, their 'Mahagatbandhan' balloon will also burst soon: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,Union Minister pic.twitter.com/tKwQpemUuN— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2018
NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who was present at the strike, said on Twitter:
Joined @INCIndia President @RahulGandhi at #RamlilaMaidan in Delhi to support the call for #BharatBandh. It is necessary to make the government understand that they have completely failed to serve the nation. pic.twitter.com/xURQyy4pU5— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) September 10, 2018
Visuals of protests were seen across India as several other Opposition parties have joined the Congress to support the bandh.
Rahul Gandhi reached Rajghat early on Monday to begin the protest with other Opposition parties.
Delhi: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Yadav at bandh protest against fuel price hike pic.twitter.com/Dy7DFBV0uR— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2018
ANI tweeted photos of protest from Telangana, Odisha, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, while reports said that transport services in Mumbai will remain unaffected by the bandh.
Telangana: Congress workers hold protests in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district's Bhongir (pic 1) and Musheerabad bus depot (pic 2) in Hyderabad, against fuel price hike #BharatBandhpic.twitter.com/cVoIXXJbNr— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2018
Kalaburagi: Bus services of North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) aren't operational today as #BharathBandh has been called by Congress and other opposition parties against fuel price hike. #Karnatakapic.twitter.com/raLOb95uuR— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2018
Security has been stepped up in different parts of the country. Dr Venkatesham K, the commissioner of police of Pune city, said that miscreants would not be spared and that extra police force had been deployed across the city.
There were also reports of protesters stopping buses and cars, and burning tires. ANI reported that in Patna members of the Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik blocked railway tracks in Patna's Rajendra Nagar Terminal railway station.
The Bharat Bandh was called by the Congress to protest against the sky rocketing fuel prices in the country.
"We demand that petrol and diesel be brought under the ambit of the GST. High prices of petrol and diesel found no mention in the BJP's national executive meeting because they are not bothered about the pain of public," Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala had said earlier.
While Sharad Pawar and other left leaders extended their support to the bandh, TMC and Shiv Sena Sena decided to stay away from the bandh.
Schools remained shut in Bengaluru, but functioned normally in other parts of Karnataka. Schools remained open in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.