Bhubaneswar: The Bharat Bandh called by the Congress and Left Front protesting the rising fuel prices affected normal life across Odisha today.
Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt in major cities and towns of the state as Congress workers resorted to road blockade at various junctions.
Bus passengers suffered severe inconvenience as buses stayed off the roads due to the bandh. Passengers remained stranded at major bus stands across the state including Baramunda and Badambadi bus stands.
Train services were also affected due to the bandh as Congress leaders and workers staged rail roko at Balangir, Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Sambalpur, Cuttack and Jaleswar railway stations disrupting movement of several trains.
Effect of the bandh was largely felt in capital city Bhubaneswar as Congress workers blocked road at Khandagiri Square, Vani Vihar Chhak and Satsang Vihar Chhak, thereby paralysing movement of vehicles on the National Highway across the city.
Several senior Congress leaders also staged a sit-in at the Master Canteen Square near Congress Bhawan, party’s state headquarters here.
Led by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik, hundreds of party workers later staged picketing near the main gate of Odisha Legislative Assembly and demonstration in front of State Secretariat.