"We are not forcing anyone to take part in the bandh. Businessmen and people who want to participate in it are welcome. We are appealing for a peaceful bandh since day one," AICC general secretary and party's state in-charge Mohan Prakash told reporters here.

On reservations of the Muslim community over the bandh as it is going to affect their preparations of Eid, he said, "No Muslim leader has approached us complaining that the bandh was affecting their preparations of Eid."

A leader close to the lone Muslim Congress MLA from North Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Arif Aqueel, stated he was upset with the bandh as it will affect his Muslim dominated constituency.

"Please ask the state Congress chief Arun Yadav what they stand to achieve with the bandh ?" Aqueel told reporters when contacted for comment.

"The Congress should have organised the bandh after Eid. At this crucial time we make purchases for Eid celebration," a senior Sunni Muslim journalist said.

Meanwhile, some businessmen have put up posters against tomorrow's bandh at some places in the busy Chowk Bazaar area here which is inhabited by Muslims who are doing brisk shopping for Eid.

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