Mixed response to Bharat bandh

Sep 20, 2012, 12:42 IST | Agencies

The Bharat bandh called by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance today to protest against rise in fuel prices and FDI in retail met with a mixed response

In Maharashtra the bandh called by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) evoked little response owing to ongoing Ganesh festival.

The Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have kept away from the day-long bandh due to the festival.

BJP leaders including Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council Vinod Tawade will take to the streets later in the day to oppose Government's new reform measures. 

Bandh in Delhi
A security guard sleeps in front of closed shops in New Delhi (Pic-AFP)

In Delhi, the bandh call went largely unheeded. Local commuter buses and metro rail services functioned normally.

Autorickshaws also seemed to ply normally on the capital's streets. Some private schools had declared a holiday to avoid inconvenience to children.

In Punjab and Haryana, the shutdown garnered a mixed response.

Shiv Sena members were on the streets, forcing shops to down shutters in Amritsar city. Shops in several areas of the Sikh holy city remained shut.

Bandh in Punjab
Activists of Bharatiya Janata Party shout-slogans against Congress-led UPA government during a demonstration in Amritsar (Pic-AFP)

The bandh called by the opposition to protest hike in diesel price, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and FDI in retail hit the railways and road traffic in Bihar inconveniencing millions of people.

Life virtually came to a standstill in West Bengal due to the Bharatiya Janata Party's shutdown call and the Left-sponsored general strike in the state.

In Goa, the bandh conincided with the second of the two-day holiday the state observes for Ganesh Chaturthi.
It was business as usual in Kerala, which had observed a statewide shutdown on Saturday.
Widespread shutdown was observed in Tripura, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jammu.

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