- Congress has called the Bharat Bandh over rising fuel prices
- Dinesh Gundu Rao said the bandh is not to trouble people
- He said other political parties and trade unions are supporting the bandh
Schools and colleges in Bengaluru will be closed and daily life is likely to be affected in JDS-Congress ruled Karnataka on Monday by the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the Congress over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee. Public transport, cinema theatres, multiplexes among others were expected to be hit in the state during the nation-wide shutdown with the ruling Congress claiming the support of various trade unions, news agency PTI said.
"The Congress party has called for a bandh Monday. Several other political parties and trade unions also are supporting our bandh call. Public transport systems also have extended support to our protest," Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters in Bengaluru Sunday.
The objective to observe bandh was not to trouble people, but to fight for their cause as "they are living in the most trying times," Mr Rao said.
The bandh would also mirror people's anger and hardship against Narendra Modi government's policies, he said.
State JDS President A H Vishwanath accused the Modi government of being 'crony-capitalist' working for the corporates and not the poor.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation staff and workers' federation have extended their support to the bandh.
The Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association, however, is only giving moral support.
"Ours is an apolitical organisation. Yes, we have been affected by the fuel price hike. We will extend moral support to the bandh," South India Motor Transport Association President G R Shanmugappa said.
(With inputs from PTI)