Bharat Bandh: With the support of at least 21 opposition parties, Congress kicked off Bharat Bandh protest today. Congress has called for the Bharat Bandh to oppose the constant hike in fuel prices and the severe decline in Rupee against the Dollar. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was also reportedly present at the protest being carried out in Delhi. Several opposition leaders including the newly-elected DMK chief MK Stalin have openly supported the nationwide protests on September 10. Even though Mamata Banerjee has stated that TMC is backing the issues raised by the Congress but will stay away from the protest, the effects are expected to be severe across several states including Karnataka, West Bengal and Kerala.

Karnataka ruling JDS has also reportedly closed all the colleges and schools in the state to show their support to the protest. Reports suggest that the transport will be severely hit as Uber and Ola drivers groups, Auto Drivers’ Association including Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, KSRTC and BMTC will also be lending their support to the Bharat Bandh called by Congress.

The bandh call had elicited support from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (NCP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Peasants and Workers’ Party (PWP), Samajwadi Party (SP), People’s Republican Party (PRP), Republican Party of India’s Gawai faction, and former NDA constituent Swabhimaani Shetkari Sanghathana (SSS).

Bharat Bandh protests have begun and several parts of the country are facing extreme violence. Reports suggest that things are being torched in parts of Karnataka and Congress workers are putting their efforts to bring the work in Mumbai at a complete halt.

Here are the LIVE updates from Bharat Bandh protest being carried out by Congress:

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Andhra Pradesh follows Rajasthan, announced a reduction of Rs 2 in petrol, diesel price

Andhra Pradesh CM Naidu announced that the new rates of petrol and diesel will come into effect from tomorrow morning. Orders for the same will be issued later today.

Meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and Dhramendra Pradhan is underway

BJP's Amit Shah is currently meeting the petroleum minister Dhramendra Pradhan. The following meet has been called-in post the nationwide protest over the constant hike in fuel prices. 

BJP's Subramanian Swamy says that PM Modi must ask Dharamendra Pradhan to stop setting fuel prices so high

I feel that the macroeconomic price for petrol is Rs 40 and somehow the PM must ask the Petroleum Minister to think as a part of Economic Affairs Ministry and not as Petroleum minister and stop setting prices so high that people can go to the point of revolt: Subramanian Swamy

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav slams Modi government over fule hike

Akhilesh Yadav said that the BJP government is so proud of themselves that even today when the Opposition has called for a 'bandh' they have increased fuel price in some places. The government can even say that inflation will bring development, he added.

Bharat Bandh evokes lukewarm response in West Bengal

Bharat Bandh evoked lukewarm response in West Bengal, with vehicular traffic remaining near normal on Monday. The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal took every possible step to ensure that the public life remains unaffected. In Kolkata, most of the shops and markets remained open while the city's metro service functioned normally. The train service in Sealdah and Howrah section under the Eastern Railway was temporarily disrupted as the strike supporters blocked rail movements in Jadavpur and Sreerampur stations. However, they were removed by the police within half an hour.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said 'Bharat' will not be 'bandh', it will keep moving and progressing. Since no one is paying heed to this call by Congress, their 'Mahagatbandhan' balloon will also burst soon.

Speaking on the Opposition-led Bharat Bandh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath on Monday said nothing can be expected from the Opposition since they are frustrated and thay lack both strategy and leadership. "I hope God gives them sense so they can differentiate between positive and negative politics, otherwise, in future they will even lose their position as opposition", he added.

Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM Modi during Bharath Bandh protests in Delhi

Narendra Modi ji is silent, he has not spoken a word on rising prices of fuel, or condition of farmers, neither on atrocities against women: Rahul Gandhi

Congress workers vandalise a petrol pump in Ujjain

Congress workers in Madhya Pradesh vandalise a petrol pump in Ujjain during Bharat Bandh protests

Bharat Bandh: Normal life affected in Telangana and Andhra

Bus services were affected since early morning in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Activists of the Congress and the Left parties launched a sit-in at the depots of state road transport corporations to prevent buses from plying on the roads. Many private educational institutions also remained closed.

Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) workers vandalise vehicles during Bharat Bandh

Bharat Bandh: Agitators burn tyres in several party of the country

Partial shutdown in Himachal Pradesh

The impact of the Congress shutdown was more in the state capital Shimla and in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial area in Solan district and Kala Amb in Sirmaur while there was a partial shutdown in Solan, Dharamsala, Kangra, Palampur, Mandi, Rampur, Kullu and Una and Hamirpur towns. Banks and commercial establishments were largely opened while shops in some towns of Himachal Pradesh were closed on Monday on the protest call by the Congress over the rise in fuel prices. Private bus operators across the state joined the day-long protest, demanding a hike in bus fares. However, there was no report of traffic being held up due to the strike. There was also no report of violence anywhere, the police said.

Congress staged a 'rail-roko' agitation in Maharashtra

Opposition Congress staged a 'rail-roko' agitation in Maharashtra as part of the party-sponsored nation-wide shutdown to protest rising fuel prices. Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan and Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam led thousands of activists to stage a noisy protest outside the Andheri station bus depot, and later they got down on the railway tracks, shouting anti-government slogans. Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists also led aggressive protests in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Nashik and others areas of the state. The shutdown has been supported by Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (S), RPI (G), Peasant and Workers Party, Left Parties, Swabhimani Shetkari Party, Peoples Republican Party. The all-India anti-fuel price hike shutdown got underway in different parts of Maharashtra with all parties, barring the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena, joining in wholeheartedly.

Shops were closed and buses stops were seen seen vacant in the wake of Bharat Bandh in Puducherry

Bharat Bandh: Several patients across the country are facing troubles in reaching to the hospital

Congress workers stage protest to stopping trains in Mumbai

Congress workers stage 'Rail Roko' at Andheri railway station against fuel price hike

Indian Rupee now at 72.30 versus the US dollar

Odisha CM Naveen Pathnaik refuses to be the part of Bharat Bandh

Schools in Odisha too are closed today though Chief Minister's party has refused to back the shutdown

Congress president and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh are likely to address the media

Congress' Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh who are protesting in Delhi will shortly address the media.

Bharat Bandh protest start in Bihar

Congress supporters are reportedly protesting against the hike in gas prices. Reports suggest that they are marking their protest by using gas cylinders on the busy streets of the state.

Protests turn violent in Gujarat’s Bharuch district and Maharashtra’s Pune

Agitators have reportedly burnt tyres and have brought the traffic at a complete halt.

Congress leader Ashok Chavhan n Nirupam travelled in local train from Mahim to Andheri

NCP, Congress and Sharad Yadav at bandh protest against fuel price hike in Delhi

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Yadav at bandh protest against fuel price hike

Congress workers protests in Raipur against fuel price hike in Chhattisgarh

Several Congress leaders have reportedly blocked the roads and are staging the protest on the road

Stones being pelted at BEST buses

Stone pelting incidents on BEST buses near Vashi Naka and at Pratiksha Nagar bus depot but nobody injured.

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