Bharat bandh voluntary: NPCC

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/9/2018 12:00:43 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has clarified that Congress’ proposed Bharat bandh on Monday was voluntary in nature and that nobody would be forced to shut down shops and business establishments in the State, while assuring that normal vehicular movements too would be allowed. 

Speaking to Nagaland Post on Sunday, NPCC general secretary Capt. GK Zhimomi was also categorical that the bandh was “not about Congress versus BJP, but for the State and its people who are reeling under steep price rise.”

He explained that the primary reason for the bandh was to let the government know that people at large had been affected as it was adamant on not reducing prices of petrol and diesel.

Terming the inflation of the last four years and continuous hike in diesel and petrol prices as acts of “atrocity,” Zhimomi clarified that, unlike other bandhs, the strike called by Congress on Monday was voluntary and would not be enforced.

Zhimomi informed this reporter that Congress workers would put up banners in various petrol pumps to show people how petrol and diesel prices had steadily increased. He appealed to the people, particularly vehicle owners, to cooperate when party workers approach them to paste stickers on their vehicles.

Though through an earlier press release NPCC had urged shops owners to down their shutters from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m., its general secretary clarified that they won’t be forced to do so. 

He added that Congress workers would also carry out a peaceful and silent rally in Dimapur to protest the steep hike in prices of petrol and diesel.

Zhimomi said though most of the activities would be centred in Dimapur and Kohima, party workers would stage protest in other districts too.

Mincing no words, the NPCC general secretary accused the NDA government of being “adamant” when it came to reducing fuel prices. He alleged that continuous price hikes had resulted in the government making additional Rs 11 lakh crore, and termed it as “loot”.

Pointing out that everyone had been feeling the pinch of price rise, he said he expected all to raise their voice of dissent. 



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