Maharashtra bandh disrupts vehicular movement and vaccination drive
The Maharashtra Bandh called by the ruling alliance there to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence received mixed response across the State. BEST service in Mumbai was affected following reported incidents of stone-pelting at some places. Covid-19 vaccination drive was also affected across the State.
Shiv Sena workers took to Mumbai streets, especially in its stronghold like Dadar, to stop vehicular movements and appealed closure of markets. Black-yellow cabs stopped services and suburban railway stations witnessed long queues. The local railway continued its operations.
State transport buses were also affected because of the Bandh. Shiv Sena Sena workers blocked Pune-Bengaluru national highway near Kolhapur. The ruling alliance led by Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress organised marches and dharnas across the State. Main markets and APMCs in many districts remained closed during the Bandh.
Traders, business establishments, and agriculture market authorities expressed unhappiness over the Bandh saying that they had incurred huge losses during lockdowns and Bandh would disrupt the market once again.
Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan while speaking to media in Mumbai said that Bandh was observed spontaneously to support farmers. Congress leaders gathered near Raj Bhawan in Mumbai for the march.
BJP State wing President Chandrakant Patil said that the ruling alliance was politicising Uttar Pradesh violence while it is not bothered about farmers in Maharashtra.