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Petrol and diesel prices are revised daily by state-run oil firms

Petrol and diesel prices are revised daily by state-run oil firms

The BJP dubbed the protest a failure.

The nationwide bandh evoked a mixed response in West Bengal with life running normally in most of the districts.

Besides vandalism, Jan Adhikar Party workers blocked railway tracks in Patna's Rajendra Nagar Terminal railway station leading to a disruption in rail traffic and delay in the departure and arrival of trains on the major railway route connecting northern India to the east. The BJP held bandh supporters responsible for the death of a two-year-old girl in Jehanabad while being taken to a hospital but the local administration denied the allegation that the ambulance carrying her was stopped by protesters. The police said that over 300 Congress functionaries were detained across Gujarat, including state party chief Amit Chavda and Gujarat party in-charge Rajiv Satav from Lal Darwaja area in Ahmedabad. The nationwide bandh has been called by the Congress over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee. Hundreds of Congress activists were arrested.

The state government also announced a holiday for schools and colleges in Bengaluru on Monday as a precautionary measure. "The Congress is a sinking ship of corruption, and all those who support the party will sink with it". Other Opposition leaders included Trinamool Congress' Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh, Janata Dal (Secular) leader Danish Ali and Rashtriya Lok Dal's Jayant Chaudhary. The Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce (CCC) had supported the shutdown. While enforcing the shutdown, protestors clashed with police personnel in several locations too.

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There was a complete shutdown in Kasargode, the town that shares a border with Karnataka, as interstate buses kept off the roads.

In flood-ravaged Left-ruled Kerala, public vehicles went off the roads but private vehicles plied in many places. "Narendra Modi used to say that nothing has happened in 70 years and we will do it in four years".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley remained evasive on the issue of cutting down excise duty to cushion the spiralling petrol and diesel prices, adding that global oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement. Shops and commercial establishments downed shutters in many localities.

Govt. employees in West Bengal are prohibited from taking any leave today (Monday), and there shall be additional buses running. Banks, educational institutions in Kolkata were mostly open while trading activities in the city were more or less normal.

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As the Congress top brass including party chief Rahul Gandhi targeted the Narendra Modi government at a protest rally at Ramlila Maidan here, the BJP claimed that the bandh was called to divert attention from the hearing in the Delhi High Court on a matter related to the National Herald case involving its "corrupt" leaders.

These fuel price figures were released by the BJP. Even the Communist parties chose to organise a separate dharna at the nearby Jantar Mantar.

The BJP has wholly declared the bandh to be "unsuccessful". "When people's support is not there, they are resorting to aggression", Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.

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