Bharat bandh or nationwide shutdown on Monday, called by the Congress party and the Left parties separately, to protest against the spiralling fuel prices for days and the record depreciation of Indian Rupee, affected normal life in several parts of the country. Except for a few BJP allies, most of the Opposition parties supported the 'Bharat bandh' called by the Congress. The Opposition parties led by the Congress are demanding the Narendra Modi government at the Centre to bring petrol and diesel under the GST - a move that can reduce the fuel prices by Rs 15-18 per litre. The Congress party, however, urged its workers and supporters to maintain peace and abstain from violent protests during the shutdown. Many schools and colleges across the country remained closed and states beefed up security to prevent violent situation in the wake of the shutdown.
Bharat Bandh Updates:
# 12:45 am: BJP blames Congress for a child's death during Bharat Bandh protest: Everyone has a right to protest but what is happening today? Petrol pumps and buses being set ablaze, putting to risk lives. A child died after an ambulance was stuck in the protests in Bihar's Jehanabad. Who is responsible? asks Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
# 12:32 pm: Congress intensified protest in the national capital: Congress leader and 1984 riots accused Sajjan Kumar seen during Bharat Bandh protest in Delhi.
# 12:30 pm: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) joins in: Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja with AAP leader Atishi during Bharat Bandh protests in Delhi.
# 12:16 pm: Bullock cart protest in the national capital: Congress workers carry a motorcycle on a bullock cart during Bharath Bandh protests in Delhi's Preet Vihar.
# 12:10 pm: Opposition leaders during Bharat Bandh protest in Delhi:
# 12:00 pm: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav mocks BJP government: The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the BJP government is so proud of themselves that even today when the Opposition has called for a 'bandh' they have increased fuel price in some places. The government can even say that inflation will bring development.
# 11:51 am: UP CM Yogi Adityanath's scathing attack on the Congress-led protest: Frustrated opposition doesn't have any strategy and leadership, what else can be expected from them? I hope God gives them sense so they can differentiate between positive and negative otherwise in future they will even lose their position as Opposition.
# 11:50 am: BJP condemns Congress' Bharat Bandh call: '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, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
# 11:37 am: Rahul Gandhi slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his prolonged silence on rising fuel prices: Narendra Modi ji is silent, he has not spoken a word on rising prices of fuel, or condition of farmers, neither on atrocities against women.
# 11:15 am: 58 Congress activists taken into custody: Altogether 58 Congress activists were Monday taken into police custody in Jharkhand for forcibly trying to enforce the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the party.
# 11:11 am: Protest in Madhya Pradesh: Congress workers vandalise a petrol pump in Ujjain during Bharat Bandh protest.
# 11:00 am: Business affected in Mumbai: MNS workers in Mumbai forcefully shut down shops and establishments at Bharatmata Junction Naka, Parel.
# 10:42 am: Motorbike Protest: Loktantrik Janata Dal workers in Patna carry a motorbike on their shoulders to protest against fuel price hike.
# 10:40 am: Manmohan Singh criticises Modi-led BJP government: Modi government has done a number of things that were not in the interest of the nation. The time to change this government will come soon.
# 10:30 am: Bihar Protest: Jan Adhikar Party workers vandalise vehicles during Bharat Bandh protest in Patna against fuel price hike.
# 10:17 am: Railway Services disrupted: East Coast Railway Zone cancells 12 trains, including Bhubaneswar-Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express and Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam InterCity Express.
# 10:15 am: Mumbai Protest: Congress workers stage 'Rail Roko' protest at Andheri railway station against fuel price hike.
# 10:09 am: Eminent Congress leaders at Bharat Bandh Protest: Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh join Congress-led opposition parties supported Bharat Bandh protest against fuel price hike.
# 09:47 am: Chhattisgarh Protest: Congress workers protests in Raipur against fuel price hike.
# 09:45 am: Opposition leaders at Bharat Bandh protest: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Yadav at bandh protest against fuel price hike.
# 09:24 am: Protest affects normal life in Rajasthan: Security has been tightened in Jaipur over Bharat Bandh.
# 09:02 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi takes part in protest rally: Opposition leaders march from Rajghat towards Ramlila Maidan, to protest against fuel price hike.
# 09:00 am: Railway station block in protest against fuel price hike: Jan Adhikar Party Loktantrik workers block railway tracks in Patna's Rajendra Nagar Terminal railway station in support to Bharat Bandh
# 08:41: Rahul Gandhi joins in: The Congress president arrives at Delhi's Rajghat to join Bharat Bandh protest against fuel price hike.
# 08:30 am: Strong security arrangements to avoid untoward incident: Extra deployment of forces has been done across the city today. Firm action will be taken on any miscreants taking the law into their hands: Commissioner of Police, Pune.
# 08:15 am: RJD backs Congress in nationwide protest: Tejashwi Yadav's party extended support in Bharat Bandh, hoarding set afire by workers.
# 07:41 am: Congress protest in Telangana: Party workers hold protests in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district's Bhongir and Musheerabad bus depot in Hyderabad, against fuel price hike.
# 06:44 am: Bharath Bandh in Andhra Pradesh: CPI(M) holds protests in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam against fuel price hike.
# 06:40 am: Protest in Odisha: Congress workers block a train in Sambalpur as Bharath Bandh has been called by Congress and other opposition parties today over fuel price hike.
# 06:27 am: September 10 Petrol Diesel rates in Mumbai: Petrol is retailing at Rs 88.12/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) and diesel costs Rs 77.32/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) in Mumbai.
# 06:26 am: September 10 Fuel Price in Delhi: Petrol is being sold for Rs 80.73/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) while diesel at Rs 72.83/litre (increase by Rs 0.22/litre) in Delhi.
#05:23 AM: Sonia Gandhi likely to take part in Bharat Bandh: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is likely to take part in the Bharat bandh called by her party Congress.
#05:05 AM: Mumbai police notice to MNS: Mumbai police has sevred a notice to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena under section 149. As per the notice, if any law and order situation arises during Bharat Bandh today, the party will be held responsible.
#04:55 AM: Opposition parties not supporting the Bharat bandh: Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and Mamata Banerjee's TMC in West Bengal are not taking part in the shutdown. Naveen Patnaik's BJD and disgruntled BJP ally the Shiv Sena, on the other hand, have decided to stay nuetral but asserted that they were against the steep rise in petrol and diesel prices.
#04:50 AM: Parties supporting the Bharat bandh: 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) have extended their support to the shutdown. the Left has also declared a nationwide hartal.
#04:30 AM: Hello and welcome to News Nation live updates on Bharat Bandh: The Congress with support from most of the Opposition parties have called a nationwide strike today against the skyrocketing fuel prices and unprecedented depreciation of the Indian rupee. Most of the schools and colleges across the country remained closed in wake of the 'Bharat bandh'. States have beefed up security and took several other precautionary measures to tackle the shutdown. Stick with us for all the latest updates on Bharat Bandh.