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Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike

Opposition parties have given a call for a nationwide bandh today to protest the government's reform measures announced last week. The government had hiked the price of diesel by Rs. 5 per litre, capped the supply of subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to six per household and cleared 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in multi-brand retail - reforms.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
New Delhi: Bhartiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari and JD-U President Sharad Yadav hold up a cartoon about the government's decision to increase diesel prices and allow FDI in multi-brand retail.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav holds hands with Sitaram Yechury of Communist Party of India (Marxist), as they walk to Parliament Street police station to demand to be detained.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
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Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Delhi: Protests against FDI in retail gather momentum at Jantar Mantar. This poster says it all.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Mumbai: The first signs of traffic become visible and the number of vehicles are likely to increase as the day progresses.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Patna: Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad expresses solidarity with the people by protesting against the government's reforms on a cycle.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Mumbai: While MNS supports FDI in retail, BJP and Shiv Sena are opposed to it.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
BJP MP Navjyot Sidhu conducts 'last rites' of LPG cylinder in Amritsar as part of Bharat Bandh protest.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Mumbai: Public transport, malls, markets all other services are likely to function as usual. Schools and colleges also will stay open in Maharashtra.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party activists shout slogans as they are detained by police.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
BJP activists carry a cutout of a cooking gas cylinder during a protest.

Meanwhile, the MNS and Shiv Sena had said that they would not enforce the nationwide strike in the state because of the ongoing Ganpati festival in the state.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Workers belonging to BJP Yuva Morcha blocked 3 trains at Patna railway station.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
BJP workers have been forcefully closing down shops in Patna in widespread protest.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Right from early morning protests have begun in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party workers started by stopping a train in Allahabad.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Allahabad: People are seen burning effigies. Their outrage stems from the government's decision to hike the price of diesel by Rs 5 per litre.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Allahabad: A Samajwadi Party activist shouts slogans during a protest along railway tracks.

Angry opposition workers have disrupted train services as part of a daylong strike in India to protest rising diesel prices and the government's decision to open the country's huge retail market to foreign companies.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Allahabad: Policemen arrive as Samajwadi Party activists block trains during a protest along railway tracks.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Kolkata, long-practiced at bandhs, presents desolate streets. Shops, school and colleges are closed, and only a few buses are on the roads.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Nearly 5 crore traders and 25 thousand trade associations are also observing a bandh demanding rollback of FDI in multi-brand retail.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Its' business as usual in the national capital and the public transport is running smoothly so far.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Kolkata: Protestors clashed with each other leading to their arrest by cops.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Bangalore: Karnataka, meanwhile, has seen partial effect of the bandh call so far. While buses are off the road, autos are plying.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Jammu is taking the bandh seriously. Here a cop stands guard outside a closed shop.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Jammu: BJP activists shout slogans as they burn tyres during a nationwide strike.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Patna: Protesters tried to target trains and bus stations
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
A lone rickshaw braves the deserted streets and shuttered shops in Lucknow.
Bharat bandh over FDI in retail and diesel price hike
Kolkata: Train services were disrupted for a brief period in the morning but are running smoothly now.

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