Shiv Sena to not participate in Bharat bandh, will look at protest 'neutrally'September 10, 2018 09:12
In Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra Navanirman Sena have extended their support to the shutdown called by Congress.
Maharashtra Congress had also requested BJP's ally Shiv Sena, but the latter has decided not to participate and will look at it "neutrally."
"There is talk about petrol and diesel being brought under GST. We will appreciate that, but until it is implemented, we demand that central excise duty and other tax levied by the Central and state governments should be immediately reduced," Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said.
Security has been heightened in the state in the wake of the bandh call. "Extra deployment of forces has been done across the city today. Firm action will be taken on any miscreants taking the law into their hands," Dr Venkatesham, Commissioner Of Police, Pune City said.
Image: Protesters in Gujarat's Bharuch burn tyres and stop buses; traffic movement halted. Photograph: ANI/Twitter