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No strike in NE outside Assam
Published on 5 Jul. 2010 11:29 PM IST
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Life in Assam was paralysed due to the Bharat Bandh called by the BJP-led NDA and Left parties to protest the recent fuel price hike. Business establishments and banking institutions downed their shutters. Schools and colleges also remained closed. Commercial vehicles kept off the roads across the state, including Guwahati. Roads wore a deserted look here as BJP state president Ranjit Dutta led the party in enforcing the bandh. Dutta and hundreds of BJP supporters blocked roads in the city and later courted arrested. Bandh enforcers, including BJP members and Left supporters, were taken into preventive custody in various parts of the state. Train services were also affected under Northeast Frontier Railways as bandh enforced blocked railway tracks. Several passenger trains had to be controlled or re-scheduled in the view of the bandh call. Air traffic was also hit with some Kolkata-bound flights reportedly cancelled. No major untoward incident has been reported so far.
Tripura runs normal
Life continued normal in Tripura as the CPI (M) led ruling Left Front did not take part in today’s bandh against rise of prices of petro products as it had observed a shutdown on the issue on June 28.
The Left Front, however, morally supported today’s nation-wide bandh.
The Tripura unit of the BJP, which also called a bandh today, had failed to disrupt normal life.
Arunachal unaffected
Life in Arunachal Pradesh remained unaffected by the Bharat Bandh today. The opposition BJP had earlier announced that they would demonstrate against the rise in prices of petroleum products, but were not calling a bandh because of the ‘Dree’ festival of the Apatani tribes which falls today.
Life normal in Mizoram
The country-wide bandh called by the NDA and other opposition parties in protest against hike in oil prices did not have any impact in Mizoram barring cancellation of some Kolkata-Aizawl flights today.
All the government offices, educational institutions and shops remained open and vehicles plied as usual. However, except for the Air India morning Kolkata-Aizawl and Guwahati-Aizawl flights, Air India Airbus and Kingfisher flights between Kolkata and Aizawl were cancelled, airport sources said.
There is no other national party in the Congress-ruled state.
No response in Manipur
The nation-wide bandh called by 13 opposition parties against the fuel price rise failed to evoke response in Manipur, official reports said.
Reports said markets, shops and other business establishments remained open while transport services between the state capital and district headquarters operated as usual.
Attendence in government offices was also normal. Some small maklets in districts were, however, closed.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state so far.
No response in Meghalaya
The Bharat bandh sponsored by non-Congress parties to protest against price rise failed to evoke any response in Congress-ruled Meghalaya, officials sources said. Business continued as usual and life was normal, according to reports from the seven districts. Banks and other business establishments were open and there was no impact of the bandh on the movement of vehicles, both pubic and private. Officials said there was no untoward incident reported from anywhere.

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