Mixed response to Bharat bandh in Nagaland

Mixed response to Bharat bandh in Nagaland
NPCC leaders and party workers stage a silent protest march during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter/Correspondents DIMAPUR/KOHIMA/MOKOKCHUNG, SEP 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/10/2018 1:24:46 PM IST

Bharat bandh called by state Congress on Monday as part of the nationwide protest against highest ever rise in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, had a mixed response but passed off peacefully in Nagaland. 

Top guns of the state Congress chose to launch the Bandh in Dimapur where initially shops opened from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. but later almost all shops downed shutters. Owing to the bandh, vehicular movement was also affected to an extent. 

After submitting the FIR against unknown persons for removing flex banners put up by Congress workers on Monday morning at the office of Commissioner of Police, the procession walked through NL Road, Circular Road, Clock Tower, Khermahal and ended at the DDCC Office near Hotel Acacia. The procession of Congress party members was led by NPCC president K.Therie along with AICC secretary Bhupen Bora and NPCC general secretaries- G.K. Zhimomi, Jonathan Ao and former minister E.T. Ezung. They walked through Nyamo Lotha Road, Circular Road, Clock Tower, Khermahal before proceeding towards the DDCC office near Hotel Acacia.

Addressing the media at Congress Bhavan, NPCC president K Therie, claimed that the bandh was a grand success in Nagaland and thanked public at large and business community for extending their cooperation.

In their interaction, the Congress leaders explained that the bandh was called to protest against spike in the prices of petrol and diesel. 

Therie took a jibe at the PDA government by asking why it could not do what was done in Rajasthan when that state lowered taxes to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel. 

Zhimomi, in his speech, accused district authorities of allegedly removing all flex banners on Monday morning which were put up on Sunday evening at around 50 petrol pumps to highlight the increase in fuel prices 

Dimapur District Congress Committee president Bendang lodged an FIR at the office of Police Commissioner in this regard. Demanding that the banners and posters be returned, he asserted in the FIR that the act was in violation of Article 19 of the Indian constitution. 

Kohima: The Congress also organised the bandh and later held a press meet at Congress Bhavan where NPCC vice president Khriedi Theunuo spoke about the reason for the countrywide protest against steep rise in prices of petroleum products in the country, affecting common man. 

He said the bandh was supported by altogether 21 political parties, including the left parties.

Theunuo said the rising petroleum prices were affecting the country’s economy and every citizen was impacted. He called upon the party workers and members to stand together and fight for the rights of people so that they did not suffer any longer in the hands of present government headed by Narendra Modi.

He alleged that the spurt in fuel prices was due to mismanagement by the Modi government.  

Mokokchung: Members of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Mokokchung observed the two-day National Bandh (September 10 and 11), called by the Indian National Congress & other parties on Monday, by flying a symbolic ‘Black Flag’, at the DCC office. 

While addressing the DCC members, president Watimongba Aier, stated that the Bandh was being observed to show their solidarity against the BJP led Narendra Modi government in India, for having failed to fulfil their (BJP) pre-election promises.

He specifically condemned Prime Minster Narendra Modi for the “false promises” made to the people of India. He said that the parties that called the bandh were against the abnormal fuel rate hike, high price of food items, non availability of jobs, etc. DCC general secretary, Prakash Aley added that fuel should be brought under GST and that VAT should be reduced in Central Excise Duty. He said “wrong taxation was leading to the downfall of the Indian economy”, which, he said, was affecting the livelihood of the people of India to the extreme.


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