BJP bandh call evokes little response

Published: Friday, May 2, 2008, 21:03 [IST]
 

Chandigarh, May 2 (UNI) The BJP's call for nationwide strike in protest against the sharp price rise of essential commodities evoked little response in Punjab and Haryana today.

All government offices, educational institutions, banks and commercial establishments functioned as usual and markets remained open in the twin states and the union territory of Chandigarh.

However, in Punjab, where the transport services, educational institutions and essential services were exempted from the bandh call, a handful of activists of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray group) burnt the effigy of the Central Government near the Bus stand at Patiala.

In Chandigarh, BJP workers formed a human chain and held demonstration at the Sector 17 , protesting against the price rise.

UNI VKJ MMS2028 Patiala May 2 : The Band call of NDA against price rise has no response in this district. All the shops and commercials establishments have opened.

All school, colleges and educational institutions have functioned normally.

The government buses as well as private fleet have plied normally.

The handful of workers of Shiv Sena Bala thakery group in the leadership of Harish Singla have burnt the effigy of center government here near Bus stand protesting against price rise.

The impact of the bandh was minimal in rural areas and in the areas outside the district headquarters where the shopkeepers kept the shops open because of the party's failure to inform them about the strike.

In Shimla, the main markets of The Mall and Lower Bazar remained closed till 1400 hrs before the businessmen returned to their shops, while there was no impact of the strike in Sanjauli and Boilueganj markets and in the periphery of the town.

However, government offices, educational institutions, banks and other emergency services functioned normally across the state and there was no report of any violence from any part of the state during the strike.

Reports of bandh being observed in other parts of the state were also received.

Meanwhile, state party president Jai Ram Thakur claimed that the bandh was a complete success in the state and thanked the businessmen and the shopkeepers for their complete support.

''The bandh was complete not only in the urban areas, but also in remote and rural areas of the state,'' he said in a press conference here.

The party had decided not to hold rallies and demonstrations and prevent movement of vehicles during the bandh and put the public to any inconvenience, he added.

UNI AS PS JS1800 New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party today took out marches across Delhi and traders downed shutters in many markets as the BJP call for nationwide strike against the sharp price rise of essential commodities evoked a mix response here.

The BJP activists in many areas like Karol Bagh, Mayur Vihar, Chandni Chowk, Shahdara, Narela, New Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, Punjabi Bagh, Najafgarh and Mehrauli carried out foot marches under the leadership of senior party leaders like Delhi BJP Chief Harshvardhan and party General Secretary Vijay Goel.

In many areas, traders closed their shops in support of the BJP call for strike.

Dr Harshvardhan, describing the strike as a success in Delhi, claimed that all the prominent markets of the state remained completely closed.

According to Karol Bagh District President Ravinder Gupta, markets like Karol Bagh, Patel Nagar, Rajender Nagar, Pahar Ganj, Shankar Market and Ajmal Khan Road market remained completely closed.

''The impact of the strike called by the BJP in protest against back breaking price spiral was widely seen in entire Delhi.

People participated voluntarily in the strike and kept their establishments closed. There was unprecedented zeal among the traders and people of Delhi,'' the Delhi BJP chief said.

Addressing the protestors in Karol Bagh and Mayur Vihar districts, Dr Harshvardhan said, ''Even as the Central government claims about controlling price spiral, the price is increasing.

Today, inflation increased to 7.57 per cent which is a record and the highest inflation during UPA rule.'' ''Inspite of claiming a record foodgrain production the government could not bring down the price spiral even by one per cent. By manipulating the datas inflation is being shown less.

Actual inflation is more than 15 per cent,'' the Delhi BJP chief said.

In Chandni Chowk Mr Goel took out a foot march and called upon the traders to make the strike successful.

More UNI AR HS KP1906 Patiala May 2 : The Band call of NDA against price rise has no response in this district. All the shops and commercials establishments have opened.

All school, colleges and educational institutions have functioned normally.

The government buses as well as private fleet have plied normally.

The handful of workers of Shiv Sena Bala thakery group in the leadership of Harish Singla have burnt the effigy of center government here near Bus stand protesting against price rise.


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