Bharat Bandh: Congress workers hold protest in Punjab and Haryana
There was no report of any untoward incident from any place as sufficient security arrangements were made by the police to maintain law and order, officials said.
In the morning, shopkeepers and traders at some places kept the shutters down in Punjab and Haryana.
"Every section of the society is supporting us in the bandh call. And traders and shopkeepers have shut down their shops in support of our call," said Chandigarh Congress leader H S Lucky claimed.
Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who was leading the protest in Jalandhar, lashed out at the BJP-led Centre for rising fuel prices, saying the government had turned a "blind eye" to the sufferings of common man who had been severely hit
because of "consistent" increase in rates of petrol and diesel.
"The way the prices of petrol and diesel are going upwards, the days are not far when it will cross the Rs 100 per litre mark," Jakhar said.
The Gurdaspur MP also called upon people to root out the BJP government during 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In Ludhiana, MP Ravneet Singh Bittu led the protest while in Dinanagar and Patiala, cabinet ministers Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Aruna Chaudhary participated in the demonstrations.
In Mohali, cabinet minister Balbir Singh Sidhu led party workers in holding demonstration against the rising fuel prices.