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September 20 Bharat Bandh in Maharashtra


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Bharat Bandh in Mumbai

Even as the opposition parties were gearing up for the Bharat Bandh and protests across the country on September 20, Shiv Sena, BJP and MNS parties in Maharashtra have opted out. Shiv Sena, BJP and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) won't enforce the bandh due to Ganeshotsav. However, traders and wholesale markets in the Mumbai have supported the call.

Shiv Sena won't enforce bandh

Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said the party would support the bandh, but will not enforce it. The decision was conveyed to BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Gopinath Munde and Sudhir Mungantiwar.

"Ganeshotsav is a major festival in Maharashtra. The people celebrate this festival enthusiastically. The bandh day will the second day of 10-day-long festivities. On that day, many people will immerse the Ganesh idols. That being the case, we do not want to dampen the prevailing festive mood and inconvenience the people. That's why we will not resort to the Shiv Sena style bandh on that day. But we will come in the way of others resorting to a bandh," Uddhav Thackeray said.

MNS would participate in agitation, but Ganeshotsav will not be affected

MNS founder and president Raj Thackeray said that they would participate in the agitation, but Ganeshotsav will not be affected.

BJP meets with traders associations and urge them to participate in bandh

BJP state president of Maharashtra unit Sudhir Mungantiwar said, "We will not come out on the streets. The bandh will be enforced voluntarily. We will ensure that public transport isn’t affected," The BJP party workers in Mumbai asked the 20 lakh traders to mobilise people to take active participation in the bandh.

The party workers of BJP held a core group meeting with traders' associations across Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra. The meeting was held at the Leader of Opposition of Maharashtra, Eknath Khadse's residence. Leader of the Opposition in state council, Vinod Tawde, Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha, Gopinath Munde and others took part in the meeting.

More than 2000 traders and 15000 mathadi workers in APMC at Vashi will shut down their shops in protest against FDI in retail.

Mumbai Not Affected

The life is Mumbai is not affected much by the general strike as the political parties have chose not to enforce the bandh on account of Ganeshotsav. The rest of the state is also not affected by the bandh.

The APMC Market however remained closed.

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