| GEO Business|
| Strike over fuel prices hits India|
| Updated at: 1035 PST, Monday, July 05, 2010|
NEW DELHI: Police came out in force in cities across India on Monday for an opposition-led national strike over fuel price rises that disrupted flights and train services, and closed schools and businesses.
The strike was called by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and leftist parties in a concerted show of strength against the Congress-led government's reform programme.
The unlikely alliance of the right-wing BJP and leftist groups broadened the strike's impact, disrupting normal life in a large number of states with non-Congress administrations.
Flights to and from Mumbai airport were severely disrupted, with domestic airlines canceling 45 departures and 39 arrivals.
The Indian capital, which is controlled by a Congress administration was relatively normal, but with a heavy police presence on the streets.