Bharat bandh by SP, BJP, JD(U) hits major cities
The Bharat Bandh over FDI in multi-brand retail, limit subsidised cooking gas, diesel price hike hits many parts of the country. The strike is called by the NDA, Third front parties, Left, Samajwadi Party, DMK and others with support from several traders association and motor unions demanding rollback of government's decisions. Shiv Sena has opted out of the bandh because of Ganesh Utsav.
In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party workers stopped the Mumbai-Howrah train in Allahabad and BJP and SP workers stopped trains in Mathura, Varanasi, Lucknow. INLD workers have blocked rail tracks at Faridabad in Haryana and CPI(ML) workers stopped the Ganga Sagar Express. The Left Front will also be holding a 12-hour strike in West Bengal.