Mangaluru, Sept 9, 2018: Dakshina Kannada Bus Owners’ Association said on September 8, Saturday that it will “morally support” the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Congress to protest against increasing prices of fuel, on Sept 10, Monday.
Bus services in the district may be affected if there are any obstacles for traffic movement on that day, Dilraj Alva, president, and Prakash Shekha, general secretary of the association, said.
A release from the association, said that hike in diesel prices has hit the owners and it has become difficult to operate buses.
They said that the association urges the Union government to bring petroleum products under the ambit of GST.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, B. Ramanath Rai, former Congress Minister, questioned why the BJP is mum on the increasing prices of fuel. Rai said that the hike has hit people resulting in increase in the prices of essential commodities. He said that the party appealed to the people to support the bandh.
The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has supported the bandh.
In a release its state president Muneer Katipalla said that the economic policies of the Union government are destabilising the life of common people.
Staying away from supporting the bandh, the Old Bunder Kirana and Allied Merchants’ Association, Mangaluru said that its members will not close down their establishments on Sept 10, Monday in view of Gouri and Ganesha festivals on September 12 and September 13. In a letter to the DK DC, president of the association P. Panduranga Bhandarkar sought security to the business of the members of the association.