- Today the entire state is closed till 2 pm
- MP Congress has called off against the rising prices of petrol-design
- Exemption from services like hospital, newspaper and milk
- Congress party appealed to common people to make the bandh a success
The Madhya Pradesh Congress has called for a half-day statewide bandh on Saturday. The party has appealed to the public to join the bandh in protest against the constantly increasing prices of petrol-diesel and domestic gas cylinders. Milk, newspapers, drug shops and hospitals have been kept free from the bandh. The bandh is completely peaceful and party workers are meeting people and requesting its support.
State Congress vice-president and organization in-charge Chandraprabhash Shekhar said that the bandh will be held till 2 pm on February 20. Milk, newspapers, drug shops and hospitals have been kept completely free from the bandh. Party workers will rally on Saturday and appeal to the people to keep their shops closed till 2 pm.
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Former minister and state Congress executive president Jeetu Patwari said that appeals have also been made to the government and private offices and educational institutions to support the bandh till 2 pm on February 20. Congress workers are also visiting people in the colonies and mohallas and are requesting not to remove their cars and two-wheelers till 2 pm. The party has also appealed to commercial vehicle owners like trucks, buses, taxis and autorickshaws to support the bandh. Patwari said that during this time a bicycle will be sent to the residence of CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Bhopal. State Congress President Kamal Nath also released a video on Friday, appealing to the people to support the bandh.
Meanwhile, the prices of petrol and diesel in the state also increased on Friday. The price of petrol in the capital Bhopal increased by 10 paise per liter. In 2 districts of the state, Anuppur and Shahdol, the prices have been more than Rs 100 per liter. The owner of Prakash Petrol Pump, located in Anuppur, said that in Kotma in Anuppur district, normal petrol is being sold at Rs 100.31 per liter. The normal petrol price in Anuppur is Rs 100.26 per liter. At the same time, Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Petrol Pump Honors Association Nakul Sharma said that the price of ‘Power Petrol’ in the capital Bhopal has now gone up to Rs 101.85 per liter, while the normal petrol is being sold at Rs 98.18 per liter and diesel is Rs 88.82 per liter.