Shutdown in city total and peaceful
The bandh in Jaipur was total. Public outrage against the hike in petrol prices was so overwhelming in city that BJP, which had given the call for the protest, was relegated to the sidelines, and its workers out of job.
For any bandh, the ultimate litmus test is the reaction of traders outside the old city and those settled along the fringes of city limits. In both cases, there was voluntary shutdown of shops. Even the malls and cinema halls in city remained closed for business till evening.
Elsewhere in state, the call for bandh was largely successful. There was mild use of force in Kota and Udaipur districts where party activists confronted the police. BJP president, Arun Chaturvedi called the bandh a success. He said, "The shutdown was total in Jaipur; the overwhelming support to the call for bandh in the state reflects the public sentiments," he said.
In Udaipur Samajwadi Party activists tried to block the trains, but the police managed to get the trains moving with timely intervention. There were reports of highways being blocked at some of the districts, but such protests were mostly scattered. In the major cities including Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner and Ajmer the call for bandh received massive public support. In Kolkata, people paid little heed to CM Mamata Banerjee’s diktat to oppose the Bharat Bandh call. Most of the shops remained closed and buses and taxis did not run on many important routes. Most of the offices remained open, but attendance was very less
In Assam, the bandh coincided with a shutdown called by the Asom Gana Parishad and brought the Congress-ruled state to a grinding halt. Attendance in government offices was thin while shops, schools, colleges and financial institutions remained shut. Vehicles stayed off the roads
The shutdown hit vehicular movement in many parts of the national capital. Fewer autos and packed metro trains added to the woes of commuters. BJP workers blocked roads in Delhi’s Akshardham, Laxmi Nagar, Janakpuri and Mayapuri areas to enforce the shutdown with the SP supporting the bandh, markets across the state remained closed. The bandh was largely successful. There were reports of trains being halted at Gorakhpur, Hamirpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Moradabad and Rae Bareli
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