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Maharashtra bandh over Lakhimpur violence: Transport, business affected; BJP flagged ‘hypocrisy’

Mumbai: The state-wide bandh called by the Maha Vikas Aghadi affected road transport services and businesses in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Monday (October 11).

Leaders of three ruling parties – Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP – staged a protest against the Lakhmipur Kheri violence in which eight people were killed.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed that the bandh was 100 per cent successful.

Maharashtra Water Resources Minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil said the bandh and the state government had nothing to do with the protest, which was called by the ruling parties. He said essential services were not affected.

However, the opposition BJP claimed that it was a state government-sponsored bandh which was unfair.

Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said the MVA’s concern for farmers was “pure hypocrisy” and claimed that the bandh was imposed using official machinery.

“If the MVA government is so concerned about the farmers, it should first give relief to the people affected by the unseasonal rains in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of the state,” Fadnavis said.

“About 2,000 farmers have committed suicide in the state, and they have neither received loan waiver nor any assistance from the state government,” he said.

He claimed that with the help of police and administration, people were being forced into the bandh.

“For the first time in the history of independent India, those who have the responsibility of running the law and order take a decision in the cabinet meeting for the bandh. Earlier SC and Bombay HC had banned such bandhs and imposed fine on Shiv Sena. We demand that the HC takes cognizance of it,” Fadnavis said.

He further said that the Uttar Pradesh government is capable of taking action against the culprits of the Lakhmipur Kheri incident.

Buses in Mumbai Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST- the city’s civic body’s transport undertaking) and many traditional ‘kaali-peeli cabs’ stayed off the roads, leading to heavy rush at suburban railway stations for commuting by local trains, which were running as scheduled. Was.

BEST said eight of its buses were vandalized in different areas of Mumbai between midnight and 8 am today.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in Mumbai except those engaged in the sale of essential commodities.

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

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