Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response in East, N.E

10 Sep 2018

A nationwide shutdown called by Congress and other opposition parties Monday against soaring fuel prices failed to evoke response in West Bengal and Tripura, but affected life in BJP-ruled Assam and Arunachal Pradesh besides Bihar and Odisha. In Congress-ruled Mizoram, the shutdown had no impact.
In Delhi, normal life remained unaffected with offices, schools and colleges opening at their regular time and vehicles plying on roads. Workers from several political parties, including the Congress and the MNS, briefly disrupted transport services by stopping suburban trains and metro rail at various places in Mumbai.
Incidents of arson, vandalism and disruption of rail and road traffic were reported from Bihar during the 'Bharat Bandh'. In state capital Patna, bandh supporters indulged in vandalism in the old city area, where they also disrupted movement of trains.
In West Bengal, normal life largely remained unaffected by the shutdown. The ruling Trinamool Congress had opposed the bandh but organised a rally against spiralling prices of petroleum products. The Congress had called a shutdown for six hours while the CPI(M)-led Left Front had called a 12-hour bandh.
In BJP-ruled Assam, Congress workers attempted to stop movement of trains by squatting on railway tracks and tried to block national highways and main roads across the state by burning tyres and setting up bamboo barricades, police said.
In Guwahati, Assam Congress president Ripun Bora along with party in-charge for the state Harish Rawat led hundreds of party workers during a rally this morning. The protestors tried to forcibly enter the state secretariat, officials said. They were, however, prevented by the police. Life was affected in another BJP-ruled state Arunachal Pradesh. All shops and business establishments including banks and educational institutions were closed in the state and private vehicles were off roads. PTI