Banks unaffected by nation-wide bandh

"Bank branches across the country are open," United Forum of Bank Unions' Convener C H 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 NDA and the Left parties have separately called for a Bharat Bandh on Monday to protest the recent hike in fuel prices. Following the hike last month, petrol, diesel and kerosene rates have gone up by Rs 3.50, Rs 2 and Rs 3 a litre, respectively. Prices of cooking gas has risen by Rs 35 a cylinder.

Most of the opposition parties, barring the RJD, BSP, LJP and RLD, are participating in the bandh. The participating parties are BJP, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, JD-U, CPI-M, CPI, Forward Block, RSP, AIADMK, MDMK TDP, BJD, JD(S), AGP, INLD and the Akali Dal.

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