Bharat Bandh: Life in Okhla remains relatively unaffected
OT, May 31, 2012 12:11 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
The hike in price of petrol has brought the Left and Right on one platform. The Bharat Bandh called by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies is getting all support from the Left and other non-Congress parties.
The only difference is that the Left is calling it All India Protest Day. The impact of the Bharat Bandh has been mixed with normal life in some part of New Delhi getting hit. Though some parts of Delhi was hit by the Bharat Bandh after BJP activists hit the road against petrol price hike, public life in Okhla and Noida remained relatively unaffected with most of the shops in Jamia Nagar open.
Office goers found no difficulties in reaching their destination in Noida.
Abul Fazal Enclave resident Firoz Ahmed, who goes to his office by bike, said he found the traffic flow as usual. “There was no disturbance and people were going to their offices.”
Another resident Md Farooque said: “I didn’t face any difficulties in reaching my office located in sector 62 of Noida.”
But in many parts of India bus and rail services were affected.
The BJP has made it clear that its activists and party members will not resort to violence and create trouble for common men. A pro-Congress leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh too has supported the Bharat Bandh call where trains were stopped, according to reports. The BJD government in Odisha too has joined in.
Chiding the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said: “The UPA government has increased petrol prices on 18 to 19 occasions. Now even the Rupee has fallen further. The situation is deteriorating in such a manner that we have reached the stage where we may have to pledge our gold again. We would like all parties, opposed to the petrol hike, to join our protest.”
Also, the BJP requested the DMK, partner of the Congress, to join the Bharat Bandh as it had earlier expressed its displeasure over the petrol price hike.
The hike in petrol price of some Rs 7.50 per liter has been termed as anti-aam admi by the opposition BJP and other parties. Under pressure the government has announced to roll back some part of the hike. But the opposition insists on full roll back. Will the government oblige them?
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