October 11 has been announced as a state-wide bandh by the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP last week. The three parties will be working together in close coordination to ensure the success of the banth.
The state cabinet was presided over by CM Uddhav Thackeray. He passed a resolution expressing regret over the deaths in Lakhimpur Kheri. Meanwhile, the ministers had condoled the deaths and stood in silence for two minutes as a mark of respect.
After the cabinet meeting, Jayant Patil who is the Irrigation Minister and state NCP president said, “The MVA has called a state-wide bandh on October 11 against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and appeals to people to participate in the bandh.”
The Shiv Sena and Congress have subsequently expressed their support for the bandh. Both the parties claimed that they would actively participate and ensure that the bandh is a success.
Meanwhile, today, Congress leaders including state chief Nana Patole and city chief Bhai Jagtap will go to Raj Bhavan. They will hold a sit-in there. Patole has also said that the developments in Uttar Pradesh were throttling democracy.
On Saturday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in support of the bandh said, “Shiv Sena will participate in the bandh with its full strength. All three parties will actively participate. What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri was a murder of the country’s Constitution, a violation of the law and a conspiracy to kill the farmers of the country. The MVA has announced the bandh to awaken the people of the state and to tell the farmers that we are with them.”
The Sena is said to have told its party cadre to ensure that shops remain shut on Monday.
A Shiv Sena shakha pramukh from western suburbs said, “We have been told to ensure that shops are closed, but not to get out on the roads and create a din as we are in power.”
Mahesh Tapase, the chief spokesperson of NCP, said, “People of Maharashtra have expressed their solidarity with victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. NCP cadres along with workers of other parties will see that bandh is ensured.”
Most agricultural markets produces committees including the Vashi APMC are expected to remain shut on Monday.
Traders also said they would support the bandh. Viren Shah of the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association said that after requests from the Shiv Sena and other party leaders, they have decided to keep shops closed till 4 pm in support of the bandh.
The opposition BJP criticised the bandh call and said that parties are playing politics over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
Trains and buses are expected to run normally. The Mumbai Police said it would deploy personnel on the streets to ensure that no untoward incident occurs.