With the ruling coalition calling a Bandh on Monday, everything in Maharashtra will be shut with the sole exception of essential services.
The ruling coalition in Maharashtra has issued a call for a state-wide bandh on Monday to protest against the killing of farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri last week. Four others, including BJP workers and a journalist, were also killed in violence triggered by the deaths of farmers who were run over by cars, allegedly ferrying BJP workers.
Everything will be shut in the state on Monday except essential services, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government said. The government also clarified that the bandh is not state-sponsored but called by the parties.
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The party members of the coalition government are also meeting citizens and asking them to express their solidarity with the farmers, NCP minister Nawab Malik said on Sunday, PTI reported.
The NCP, in tweets, called the central government “oppressive” and called for the resignation of Ajay Mishra – the union minister whose son Ashish was arrested on Saturday in connection to the case.
Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole also said that his party would observe “maun vrat” (vow of silence) outside the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai protesting against the deaths.
Several organizations have extended support to the bandh. The Retail Traders welfare Association (FRTWA) also said in a press statement that it has decided to keep shops shut till 4 pm in support of the Bandh called by the ruling coalition.
Security has been tightened in the state ahead of the shutdown and patrolling will be intensified for the bandh.
Reacting to the call for Maharashtra Bandh, BJP leader Nitesh Rane said in a tweet, “If shopkeepers r “forced” to close shops Tom by any of the MVA karyakartas.. they will have to face bjp karyakartas! Police shud ensure no one is forced or else there will be a law n order situation which is not our responsibility.