Bharat Bandh on september 20th 2012 | protest against diesel price hike, FDI in multi-brand retail and Subsidised cooking gas

For the sake of protesting against the decision on diesel price hike, allow FDI in multi-brand retail and limit subsidised cooking gas, the call for Bahrat bandh on September 20 2012 by the NDA and several non-UPA parties has evoked a mixed response.

Although the Congress-led UPA government appears to be unaffected by the Bharat bandh, its key ally DMK announced to participate in the Sept 20 nation-wide agitation.

In a brief statement in Chennai on Monday, DMK president M Karunanidhi asked his party members to extend “full co-operation” for conducting the protest in a “peaceful” and “successful manner”. Karunanidhi, who has already demanded rollback of the diesel price hike, also asked various wings of his party to participate in the bandh.

Samajwadi Party, which is supporting the government, along with a number of other non-UPA parties including BJP, will hold coordinated agitational programmes on Sept 20 across the country to protest against these decisions taken by the Manmohan Singh government.

According to reports, Mumbaiites will more or less be unaffected by the Bharat bandh with public transport, malls, supermarkets and all other services likely to function normally. The Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has reportedly decided to stay away from the bandh.

Meanwhile, the BJP is relying on the support of the strong trader community to ensure that its call for a shutdown does not go unheeded. The BJP’s call has been backed by various associations of traders and retailers.

The Federation of Associations of Maharashtra, which met in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday, has also backed the bandh.

Mohan Gurnani, president of the Association, said: “We have taken a decision to join the Bharat bandh to send a clear message to the government. We have got calls of support from all over the country and we are confident that the bandh will be very successful all over.”

However, the reports coming from Indore say that many schools have rescheduled their semester examination date. The exams that were to be held on September 20 will now be held on October 1.

“We have to reschedule examination for safety of children and institution. We have, therefore, scheduled the examination date after the last test,” said vice-principal of Delhi Public School Sunila Bajaj.

The Sahodaya Group of Institutions too has decided to postpone the date of the examination to October 1st.

Principal of South Indian Cultural Association Madhukar Pawar said the rescheduling of the examination might affect the performance of students

“We appeal to all the traders, transporters and public to make bandh successful on September 20 to protest against the hike of diesel and new policy of LPG,” BJP state president, Shamsher Singh Manhas said to the media.

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