(Image source from: The Hindu)
A number of opposition parties will together protest the rise in fuel prices in the country on Monday and participate in the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the Congress.
Congress leader Ajay Maken on Sunday said that nearly "20 political parties" will take part in the protest. Parties like the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) backed the shutdown, the Left has also declared a nationwide hartal.
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a non-NDA (Non Democratic Alliance) party, said although it is against the fuel price hike, it will not support the Bandh.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi participates in protest rally from Rajghat towards Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a similar stand in Delhi.
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The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ruling in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively, are also not supporting the call.
In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has said it supports the issues raised by parties that have called for a nationwide shutdown, but it is against strikes since these lead to loss of working hours. However, the party will hold protest rallies across West Bengal against rising fuel prices.
The Congress wants petrol and diesel to be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which would decrease the price "by Rs 15-18 per liter". It likewise wants an immediate reduction in central excise duty and "excessive VAT" in states.
By Sowmya Sangam