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Mixed response of bandh in state

Most of the business establishments in Dimapur were closed on Monday. (NP)
Published on 6 Jul. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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The nationwide bandh separately called by the NDA and Left on July 5 from dawn to dusk evoked mixed response in Nagaland. The state BJP unit enforced the ‘bharat bandh’ in Nagaland where almost all shops remained closed despite appeals by the administration, police, DMC and the chamber of commerce. The response was partial in Kohima, Wokha and Mokokchung while it had no impact in Kiphire, Longleng, Phek, Tuensang, Zunheboto and Peren.
In Mon, normal life was affected with traffic almost off road and shops closed. Institutions also remained closed while attendance was nil in other offices except the office of the DC Mon where a skeletal staff attended work. The only petrol pump at Mon town was closed as the volunteers of BJP Mon unit prevent it from opening. No untoward incident was reported till the time filling of this report. State BJP leaders claimed that the bandh was total in Mon. However, DC Dinesh Kumar said except the shops all government offices, educational institutions, banks and post offices were open and vehicular traffic normal.
Despite the directives issued by the district administration, DMC, and Dimapur Chamber of Commerce, business establishments including banks remainied closed . District administration sources said attendance was low in the PWD, forest, education and medical department offices. Vehicular traffic however was not affected. There was no report of any untoward incident till late evening.
In Kohima the bandh hardly had any effect as almost all shops and business establishments, except few were, open. Government offices and banks also functioned normally. Vehicles including taxis and city buses were on the road while educational institutions which had resumed classes after the summer vacation conducted classes as usual.
In the morning hours, some BJP supporters reportedly attempted to affect the bandh in certain areas of the state capital. However, it was thwarted by the police forces.
BJP has hardly any presence in Nagaland except in Mon where current forest minister M.C.Konyak was the party stalwart till he along with another BJP member merged with the NPF. Others maintained that the impact of the bandh in different districts was a pointer that the people supported the issue for which the bandh was called. The price rise has adversely affected the common man.

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