Mixed Response to BJP Bandh in Bhopal Division

Mixed Response to BJP Bandh in Bhopal Division

Normal life in the Bhopal administrative division was disrupted following a bandh observed by the BJP and Left parties in protest against the Centre's decision to hike diesel prices and allow FDI in retail.

Today's shutdown was part of the nationwide strike observed by BJP and Left parties on September 20. The Bhopal division was excluded from the protest owing to the visit of Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a function at Sanchi.

The shutdown was marked by the protest rallies being taken out by BJP workers. The party activists took out a "funeral procession" of an household gas cylinder symbolising the burden on common man by the Centre's decision to cut the annual subsidies. The party's women wing also participated in the protest.

The bandh was observed in Bhopal and Raisen districts of the division.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) General Secretary Anupam Agrawal said a large number of small traders will take to streets if the Centre goes ahead with its "anti-people" decisions.

"People have supported the bandh on their own which indicates that they are fed up with the anti-people policies of the Congress-led UPA government," state unit BJP president Prabhat Jha said.

Transport was thrown out of gear due to the bandh with commercial establishments also downing their shutters in protest.

The office-goers in the state capital and in Raisen district faced hardships with private vehicles not plying on road.

Attendance at government offices, schools and financial institutions was thin. CBSE-affiliated private schools remained closed in view of the bandh.

The Left parties took out a rally in protest against the FDI in retail, hike in the diesel price and cutting LPG subsidy from Kabadkhana to Itwara raising anti-government slogans.

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