Opposition claims total shutdown in cityMLA Eknath Khadse vows to fight price rise, fuel price hike
The city units of various political parties — including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM) — claimed total response to the bandh call in Pune and the district, to protest against the recent hike in the prices of fuel and essential commodities.
Leader of the opposition in the state legislative assembly, Eknath Khadse, participated in demonstrations in the city. He was released after being detained.
Speaking to reporters at the SP College in the afternoon, Khadse said the opposition would continue to raise the issue in Parliament and the state assembly and also take to the streets till the government withdraws the price hike.
BJP state unit vice-president Kanta Nalawade said a complete bandh was observed in the semi-rural areas around Pune, including Saswad, Jejuri, Bhor, Nira, Mulshi, Khadakwasla and even Baramati. In Indapur, BJP workers had to resort to rasta roko.
Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said the bandh was successful because of the response from the citizens and the unity of opposition parties. She said the government should have accepted the people's verdict against the price rise rather than attempt to foil the bandh.
CPM Pune district committee secretary Ajit Abhyankar said the government was trying to fool the citizens by not passing on the tax levied on fuel towards subsidies, which could bring down the fuel prices to some extent.
Opposition leaders visited various parts of the city and appealed to party workers to observe the bandh peacefully.
Demonstrations were held by trade union representatives near the Lokmanya Tilak statue at Mandai, where CPM leader Kiran Moghe, Socialist Front secretary Subhash Ware and Hamal Panchayat founder Baba Adhav, among others, were present.
Demonstrations led by leaders were held at the SP College and Lokmanya Tilak Chowk near Alka Talkies.
Photo Caption: Eknath Khadse getting into the police van as the police detained him at Tilak Chowk on Monday —Mandar Tannu. DNA
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