Normal life affected in Odisha due to 6-hour Congress bandh against fuel price rise

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BHUBANESWAR: Normal life was fully affected throughout Odisha on Monday due to a six-hour bandh known as by the Congress in protest against fuel price rise.

Educational establishments remained closed, prepare providers had been affected and autos remained off the roads in the bandh that started at 7 am.

No untoward incident, nonetheless, was reported from any district, a Home Department official stated.

Congress activists blocked nationwide highways in numerous components of the state, together with in the capital Bhubaneswar, main to big site visitors jams.

Congress members led by MLA Suresh Routray staged a ‘rail roko’ at Bhubaneswar railway station.

Air and bus travellers additionally confronted a troublesome time in reaching their locations due to the unavailability of public transport.

Travellers suffered at bus terminuses because the All Odisha Bus Owners’ Association suspended passenger bus providers throughout the state in the course of the bandh hours.

As many as 25 platoons of police personnel had been deployed in the state capital to stop any untoward incident.

“The bandh has been completely peaceful due to massive support from the people,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief Niranjan Patnaik stated.

He stated that emergency providers, together with ambulance, milk vans and autos of media and examinees had been exempted from the purview of the bandh.

“The bandh was called to mount pressure on both the state and central governments to reduce tax on petroleum products which will help in lowering the prices of petrol and diesel,” he stated.

With autos remaining off the roads, many authorities staff pedalled to their places of work throughout the state together with Bhubaneswar.

The fundamental gates of state secretariat Lok Seva Bhavan had been closed at 10.15 am to stop agitators from getting into the premises whereas staff used aspect gates for entry and exit, a police officer stated.

Congress staff provided candies to folks venturing on the streets of Cuttack on their personal autos in the course of the bandh hours.

Paradip Port, nonetheless, functioned usually and its loading and unloading operations weren’t affected by the bandh, an official stated.

The ruling BJD neither supported nor opposed the bandh however opposition BJP criticised the Congress for inflicting bother to the folks by imposing the bandh.

“The Congress is going through an id disaster and it known as for the bandh to divert folks’s consideration from its inside squabbles.

“The state government should also announce a reduction in VAT and opt for GST on petroleum products to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel,” BJP MLA and the celebration’s deputy chief in meeting, B C Sethi, stated.

A litre of petrol prices Rs 89.69 in Bhubaneswar and a litre of diesel prices Rs 86.47.

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