Bharat Bandh: Rahul Gandhi leads Congress’ protest against rising fuel prices

Delhi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday joined the nationwide strike called by the opposition parties against the rising fuel prices and dropping value of Rupee.

Gandhi who returned from his 12 days Kailash Mansarovar trip joined the Congress protestors at the Rajghat in Delhi. Later he marched from Rajghat towards Ramlila Maidan along with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav and other opposition leaders from Rajghat.

The shutdown will be observed between 9 am and 3 pm in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar and Haryana. Major 21 opposition parties including Samajwadi Party (SP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), CPI, MNS, DMK have extended their support for the Nationwide strike. While Parties like Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress have opt to stay away from the strike.

Speaking to media about the Bharat Bandh called by the opposition Parties, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said,” 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.” While DMK president MK Stalin responding to the Bandh said,” Centre is not doing anything to halt the rupee’s slide against the dollar or to control the fuel prices.”

Ahead of the strike called by Opposition parties, the price of Petrol prices rose by Rs 0.23/litre. On Monday the price of petrol in Delhi is Rs 80.73/litre while in Mumbai it is been sold at Rs 88.12/litre.

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