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Left-led bandh hits normal life in 13 states
Published on 28 Apr. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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A 12-hour nation-wide bandh called by 13 non-NDA and non-UPA parties today to protest against price rise hit normal life and affected air and rail services especially in Left-ruled states of West Bengal and Kerala.
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ which began at 6 a.m. also had some impact in Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Sporadic protests marked the ‘hartal’ elsewhere in the country including in the Capital. Streets in West Bengal and Kerala, where educational institutions were also closed, wore a deserted look.
Besides four Left parties, the 13-party grouping which gave the call for the bandh consisted of AIADMK, BJD, SP, RJD, TDP, RLD, LJP, JD-S and INLD.
The grouping is pressing for a roll-back in the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and fertiliser.
Rail services were disrupted in many parts of Uttar Pradesh and three buses torched in Lucknow. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son and MP Akhilesh Yadav was detained in Lucknow while leading protestors.
“A total bandh has been implemented in Bihar. All services are disrupted,” claimed RJD chief Lalu Yadav. CPI-M leader Brinda Karat claimed the bandh was ‘very successful’ in large parts of the country while Mulayam warned of anarchy by people if price rise is not checked.
Impact in NE
Normal life was affected in Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh owing to the 12-hour bandh. Normal life was brought to a halt in Tripura. “The strike was total with people expressing their anger against the central government’s failure to check price rise,” Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Bijon Dhar told reporters.
The 12-hour nation-wide strike also paralysed normal life in Assam. There was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the state but shops, business establishments, schools and other educational institutions remained closed, official sources said.
Train services have been affected with the Rajdhani Express, Saraighat Express, North East Express, Kamrup Express and some other trains rescheduled.
In Manipur, official sources said most of the markets in the state remained closed and transport services between Imphal and interior district headquarters were suspended. Schools and colleges were, however, open and functioning was normal in the airport.

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