Mysuru, September 10:- The nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Congress and other Opposition parties against the rising fuel prices, disrupted the normal life in the heritage city of Mysuru on Monday.
With several public transport vehicles including KSRTC mofussil and city bus services off the roads on Monday, the normal life in Mysuru and surrounding areas was affected and most of the employees working in private companies were struggling to find an alternative mode of transport to reach their offices.
With many trade unions, cab associations, private buses and lorry associations backing the Bharat Bandh call, the Central Business District (CBD) and major roads and streets in the city wore a deserted look.
The commercial shops on the busy D Devaraj Urs Road here remained closed and most of the fast food units were also shut down.
Early in the morning city Congress leaders led by former minister and present MLA of Narasimha Raja Constituency Tanveer Sait and former MLA MK Somashekar staged a protest in front of Mysuru Sub-Urban Bus Station on Mother Teresa Road (BN Road) in the city. They prevented the movement of buses from and to the sub-urban bus terminal.
The agitators raised slogans against Modi government for not taking preventing measures to bring down the fuel prices.
The protesters carrying LPG cylinders blamed the Modi-led NDA government for the rise in fuel prices.
In another protest led by Congress city president Vijay Kumar, former MLA Vasu and former MP CH Vijayashankar along with hundreds of Congress workers staged a protest in front of Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple near Mysuru Palace raising slogans against the central government.
The agitators held placards condemning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the centre which read “BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao,” “Where are my 15 lakh rupees,” “Prosperity rest in peace.”
Sait and Vijayashankar also took a ‘Tonga’ and ‘Bullock Cart’ ride and symbolically protested over the rise in fuel prices. They said that the rise in fuel prices is affecting the general public and it’s a big failure on the part of central government for not bringing down the petrol, diesel and LPG cylinder prices.
Some Congress party workers burnt tyres and effigies of central ministers near Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Circle (Highway Circle) and urged the Centre to bring down fuel prices.
Security beefed up
Police forces were deployed near Mysuru Railway Station, Mysuru City Corporation, Deputy Commissioner’s office, malls and public places.
Mounted Police officers, city armed reserve (CAR) Police were deployed at vantage points in the city as per the instructions from Commissioner of Police Dr A Subramanyeshwara Rao.
While few petrol bunks, fuel stations, banks and other shops were shut on major roads in the city. However, the banks and some shops in interior and outskirts of the city functioned normally.
The Hotel Owners’ Association in Mysuru had morally supported the bandh and several hotels and restaurants in interior parts of the city were functioning as usual.
All emergency services and essential needs including medical stores, hospitals, and milk parlours remained unaffected.
Bharat Bandh was not observed in Kodagu District on Monday as the District Congress unit had said that it was not in favour of observing a bandh in the wake of recent floods. However, symbolic protest marches were carried out in Madikeri and Virajpet by Congress party workers. -(HN,KK)