There’s no denying – the all India Bandh called by the opposition was a success in Maharashtra. Despite the appeal of the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, citizens seemed to have backed the bandh as the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane adorned a deserted look from early morning itself. In Mumbai Senior BJP leader and MP Gopinath Munde and BJP state unit president Sudhir Mungantiwar were detained from suburban Andheri, for staging a road blockade. Hundreds of BJP activists have also been detained with them by the police. During the protest BJP MP Gopinath Munde said that the Congress-led Union government promised to bring down the inflation in 100 days but nothing happened. On vandalization of properties in many parts of the state, MP Gopinath Munde said the government was solely responsible for that. On the other hand Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya along with many party workers was when they were staging a rail blockade. The BJP workers were detained at Mulund station when they were staging the rail roko. Opposition parties called for the bandh to protest the hike in petroleum products, which they termed as “unjustified” and demanded a rollback. Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena, MNS and other smaller non-Congress-NCP parties in Maharashtra supported the bandh called by the NDA and Left parties. In Thane Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde was arrested while staging a protest during the bandh. Thane too wore a deserted look. In view of the bandh, very few people ventured out in the early hours and most educational institutions were closed. Surprisingly, even in Navi Mumbai, despite the dominance of NCP the bandh could easily be called a success. From shops to educational institutes, all were shut while streets were deserted. At Airoli, under the leadership of Navi Mumbai Shiv Sena Chief Vijay Chougule, NMMC Opposition Leader Manoj Haldankar and hundreds of Shiv Sainiks staged a rail roko protest at Airoli Railway Station. The protestors got down on the tracks and raised slogans against the UPA for hike in fuel prices. Due to the protest, trains on the Vashi Thane route were disrupted. Soon, the police arrived at the station. Another protest was seen at Digha’s Sathenagar where hundreds of women party workers gathered and raised slogans. The police managed to maintain law and order here as well. Since Airoli is considered to be sensitive zone, all shops were shut and the node held the look of fortress. On the other hand, Navi Mumbai’s BJP leader Suresh Haware staged a rail roko with hundreds of party workers at Vashi Railway Station. The protestors got down on the tracks and raised slogans against the hike in fuel prices. Suresh Haware said the common man supported the bandh and made it a success. Since it took time for the police to arrive at Vashi Raiway Station, the commuters who had arrived at the station to go places were inconvenienced. The police arrested Suresh Haware and several protestors. At Vashi and KK, areas that are ever full of life and people spoke in volumes about the success of bandh. While the opposition will go on to claim credit for this successful bandh and the ruling will say that people stayed indoor out of fear, there is no denying that when it comes to the issue of price rise and inflation – all common citizens of the country has a unanimous opinion – that Congress failed to keep its promise to the aam admi. In the entire city, police personals were posted everywhere to maintain law and order. Essential services like water, milk, electricity and hospitals were excluded from the bandh. There is no denying that the All India Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh led UPA government has ditched the common man and not for the first time. Perhaps, the fact that the bandh turned out to be a success with support of the common man, will force the Congress to sit up and take notice that they should really start working in the interest of the already hassled aam admi of the nation. Bureau repot – NMTV News.
September 4, 2017
May 15, 2006