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The Bharat Bandh called by the Opposition parties to protest against rising prices has put the country on hold. However, banks remained largely unaffected
Banking operations in most parts of the country remained largely unaffected by the nation-wide bandh called by the opposition against the hike in fuel prices, reports PTI.
"Bank branches across the country are open," United Forum of Bank Unions' convener CH Venkatachalam said.
However, there could be some disturbances in states like West Bengal and Kerala, he added. There are about 60,000 branches of various banks across the country.
According to a senior official of the Bank of Baroda, its banks branches are by and large functioning normally.
The opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Left parties have separately called for a Bharat Bandh today to protest the recent hike in fuel prices. Following the hike last month, petrol, diesel and kerosene rates have gone up by Rs3.50, Rs2 and Rs3 a litre, respectively. Prices of cooking gas has risen by Rs35 a cylinder.
Most of the opposition parties, barring the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), are participating in the bandh.
The participating parties are Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), CPI, Forward Block, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), JD(S), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Akali Dal.