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Opposition gets set to shut down India
Quote:The Left and non-Congress parties have called for a 12-hour Bharat Bandh on Monday to protest against the hike in fuel prices but the government has ruled out reconsidering at its decision.

Normal life is likely to be affected throughout the country though the Opposition parties have promised essential services like milk, water, hospitals will not be forced to shut down.

But road transport may suffer. In Delhi, many school and chartered buses will not run as protestors are planning to block roads. Also, with many traders' associations supporting the bandh, shops and markets, are also likely to remain closed - including many major markets in Delhi.

Also, joining the bandh, as many as 62 lakh trucks and other vehicles deployed in India's road transport sector will be off the roads Monday in support of the nationwide shutdown to protest against rising prices and the fuel price hike, a truckers' organisation said.

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) termed as "unjustified" the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel.

"It has not only affected the road transport fraternity but also the common man of the country too," said AIMTC president G.R. Shanmugappa in a statement.

In Mumbai, security is being provided to buses and suburban trains. Mumbaikars will probably have to pack their own lunches, as dabbawallas too have joined the strike.

Scores of alleged BJP and Shiv Sena workers allegedly attacked buses and autorickshaws early on Monday morning. Mumbai Police has detained several Shiv Sainiks and sent notices to the BJP and Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena (MNS) leaders on Saturday.

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