The Opposition parties prepared to flex its muscles and enforce the Bharat bandh tomorrow.
Sena spokesperson Subhash Desai said the bandh would be near total and added that people would spontaneously enforce it as it had been called on an issue that concerned all. Desai, whose party had been fined by the court for a bandh in 2003, said essential services have been excluded from the bandh. MNS president Raj Thackeray said the government should do their work (in opposing the bandh call) and the party workers would do theirs (by enforcing the bandh). “You will see the result tomorrow,” he said.
BJP spokesperson Ganesh Hake said the party would stage demonstrations and take out morchas to collectorates. “The people are incensed at rising inflation. The Centre’s decision will hike inflation further,” said RPI leader Ramdas Athavale.
Additional chief secretary (home) Chandra Iyengar said, “We will come up with advertisements which will give assurances to people and inform them that the bandh is unauthorised.” She added the government is in touch with the Centre for directives to move court against the bandh.