Bhubaneswar: Normal life has been disrupted in several parts of Odisha due to a six-hour bandh being observed by the left parties supported by Congress, protesting unprecedented hike in the price of petroleum products, cooking gas and essential commodities.
Members of CPI, CPI (M), CPIM(L) and Forward Block resorted to road blockade and rail roko in different towns in Odisha. The protesters blocked the railway track at Bhubaneswar station disrupting train services.
The left party supporters were also seen picketing on the city roads and appealing the public to cooperate with the bandh. Shops and business establishments have remained shut in many parts of the State.
The Left parties said that the protest is being observed against the dictatorial policies of both Odisha and Central governments that led to a surge in prices of essential commodities.
Keeping in view the six-hour bandh call by the left parties, the Odisha government had asked all district collectors to ensure essential services are not affected.
The government had also asked all departments to take advance measures in their offices in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to ensure that official works id not affected due to the bandh.
On the other hand, Congress has been agitating against inflation and unemployment since July 7. The party will run a signature campaign at all petrol pumps demanding a reduction in fuel prices.