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Petrol Price Hike leads to Bharat Bandh on 31st May'2012

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During the national executive meeting of the party the acting chairman of NDA (National Democratic Alliance) and the senior BJP leader, Mr. L.K. Advani announced the nationwide shutdown ( Bharat Bandh) on 31st May'2012 against the price hike of petrol. According to Mr. Advani there has never been such a steep price rise of petrol in one go.

The NDA had organized a day long Bandh in the whole country on 31st May in opposition of this sharp price hike of petrol. People were requested to make this shutdown a great success.

It was in New Delhi that the NDA convener and JD-U (Janata Dal-United) chief Mr.Sharad Yadav said that this shutdown was declared only after consulting all the parties. He also stated that the Government is not considering a rollback on this price hike but in actual the decision is completely in the Government's hands. Also the prices of the cooking gas (LPG) and diesel will be increased once the presidential elections are over.

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad who is the spokesperson of BJP stated that after discussing with all the allies Mr. Advani on behalf of the NDA declared that the bandh will be carried forward by the opposition parties across the country against the massive rise of petrol prices.

Bal Thackeray of Shiv Sena demanded a rollback and agreed to the shutdown if the rollback does not happen. Shops were closed, private busses and auto-rickshaws were off the road joining the Bharat Bandh. However according to the police no violence was reported from any place.

Various allies in Andhra Pradesh that includes the CPI, Telugu Desam, the BJP and CPM were seen protesting in Vijayawada and other towns in Krishna district. Various other cities like Jammu, Gurgaon, Bhubaneswr and Kanpur were also reported with such protests.

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