Bharat Bandh affects normal life across India


The day-long nationwide strike called by ten Trade Unions has caused inconvenience in almost all parts of the country. Here is how it affected the different states of India

WEST BENGAL: Bharat bandh took a violent shape in West Bengal with reports of clashes between TMC and CPM workers. Stones were pelted and police resorted to lathi charge in Murshidabad. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had warned the government employees from going on strike. She said employees would loose a day’s pay if they went on strike. Protesters also blocked railway tracks in North 24 Parganas district.

DELHI: Commuters faced problems in Delhi as auto rickshaws and taxis went off roads. However, Delhi Transport Corportaion buses and Delhi Metro operated normally.

BIHAR: Bandh supporters blocked state and national highways at various places. Most of the banks remained shut. Road traffic in Patna was badly hit. Workers of Congress and Left parties also blocked passenger and long distance trains at some places.

MAHARASHTRA: In Mumbai, cab and auto rickshaws went on strike demanding rise in base fare. The strike has been peaceful with no incidences of violence in Mumbai or Maharashtra.

KERALA: Public buses went off roads and banks were shut. All operations at the Cochin port were also hit. All examinations to be held on Wednesday have been postponed due to strike.

ODISHA: Around 10 trains were delayed leaving passengers stranded at different places. Shops, markets, banks and insurance companies remained closed in most parts of the state.

MADHYA PRADESH: All India Bank Employees Association joined protest in Bhopal. Banks remained shut. All state run buses remained off roads creating problems for commuters.

TAMIL NADU: All India Democratic Women’s Association and Democratic Youth Federation of India blocked railway tracks in Chennai. Several units in the hosiery town of Tiruppur were shut to mark the strike.

KARNATAKA: Around 15 volvo buses and BMTC buses were damaged in incidences of stone pelting in and around Bangalore following which bus services has been completely withdrawn. Passengers accused private transporters of over charging due to closure of state transport.

HIMACHAL PRADESH: Over 2000 state roadways buses went off roads causing inconvenience to travellers. The impact of the shutdown was more in towns of Shimla, Dharamshala, Palampur, Kullu and Manali.

PUNJAB, HARYANA: People had to face inconvenience as state run buses went off roads in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Banking sector was not affected much as only class 3 and 4 employees went on strike.