Mixed impact of ‘Bharat bandh’ is seen across the state

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In protest against the rising prices of petrol and diesel, the ‘Bharat Bandh’ convened by the Congress got mixed results in Uttarakhand. Most shops, petrol pumps, schools, educational institutes, offices etc. were kept open in the capital Dehradun and there was no special effect of the shutdown. Even Haridwar and Roorkee did not get special effect of the closure and the shops closed by Congress workers were reopened after their departure.¬†Nainital city and its surroundings did not get much impact of the shutdown and schools and other business establishments remained open.

However, market and other institutions have been reported in many parts of the state to be closed. The markets remained closed in Rishikesh and surrounding areas such as Ramjula, Lakshman Jhula, Tapovan, Shyampur, Ranipokhri. In Uttarkashi, there was also a wider effect of India bandh. Congress workers led by former MLA Vijaypal Singh Sajwana sloganeously protesting the inflation in the city and closed the business establishments and schools and took out a procession and also blew the statue of the central government.

Uttrakhand Congress President Pritam Singh said the bandh was completely successful and thanked all the people who supported it including Congress workers. Singh, who handles the command of ‘Bharat Bandh’ in Dehradun, fiercely attacked the Modi government for unimpressive inflation and said that the central government is looting people’s earnings.¬†He called upon the activists that after the people’s self-motivated support to the bandh, Congress has struggled against the BJP and state governments of the state and the Center on issues related to inflation, corruption and barricaded development in the entire state in the coming days.

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