The Bharat Bandh called by the Congress Monday had little effect in Punjab and Haryana with party workers staging demonstrations against rising fuel prices.
Only a few shops were shut down and no untoward incident being reported as sufficient security arrangements were made by the police to maintain law and order, police said.
In Chandigarh, former railway minister, and Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal led the protest march against the BJP-led government for the "spiraling" petrol and diesel prices.
"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.
Later, Congress leaders took out a protest march starting from Sector 22 market to Sector 17.
In Punjab, Congress workers carrying placards held demonstrations at several places, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Gurdaspur, and Morinda.
Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who was leading the protest in Jalandhar, lashed out at the Centre for rising fuel prices, saying the government had turned a "blind eye" to the sufferings of a 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 liter mark," said Jakhar.
Gurdaspur MP also called upon people to root out the BJP government during 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Congress workers raised slogans against the Union government and accused it of not doing anything to deal with the problem.
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 protest march.
In Haryana, Congress workers took out a protest march at several places, including Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, and Panipat.
Shopkeepers and traders at some place kept the shutters down this morning in both the states.
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