New Delhi: Amidst rising of fuel price,A day-long Bharat Bandh or nationwide shutdown call given by the Congress party and other political parties evoked huge response in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and all other states on Monday as RTC halted its services affecting the transportation and most private educational institutions declared holiday in view of the bandh.
In Vijayawada and Guntur, Left parties and Janasena activists staged a protest at the RTC bus stand demanding the Union government to bring the fuel under the purview of the GST. Thousands of Congress party leaders and workers are taking part in the protests demanding the Union government to bring the fuel under the limits of GST.
Bus services were affected since early morning in both the Telugu states. Many private educational institutions also remained closed.
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.
Leaders of Congress, Left parties, Jana Sena and trade unions affiliated to them were arrested in Hyderabad and other towns in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries Saleem Ahmed and Srinivasan Krishnan led the protests in Mahabubnagar and Karimnagar.
Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana is not supporting the shutdown call.
Though Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is also not officially supporting the shutdown, its activists in both the states joined the protests against rise in prices of petrol and diesel.
Raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the protestors took to streets, staging road blockades and organising rallies.