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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government has decided to seek legal opinion on restraining Opposition parties on going ahead with the 'Bharat Bandh' on July 5 to protest the hike in petroleum products.
State that the government is seeking the experts' opinion on the Supreme court's order pertaining to Bandhs and strike, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said, ''After getting feedback from legal experts, we may decide to move the court to get a stay on the proposed bandh."
In a landmark verdict in 1998, the Supreme Court held that all such shutdown calls were "illegal and unconstitutional" means of protest, Chavan pointed out.
At the same time, he said the state was fully geared to tackle the shutdown and all essential services, including Mumbai's lifelines -- the suburban trains and BEST buses -- would ply.
Also, care will be taken to ensure that nobody is forced to join the shutdown Monday and people are allowed to go about their normal routine as usual, the chief minister said.
The shutdown, to protest the recent hike in prices of petrol, kerosene and cooking gas, has drawn support from the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Besides, the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India Marxist, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Forward Bloc have issued a joint statement announcing a 12-hour All-India shutdown to protest the hike on the same day.
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