City Shrugs Off Bandh, Life Normal


Kolkata: Diverting from its known inclination towards bandhs, Kolkata seemed to have had enough of these strikes. The Bharat Bandh called by the Left parties has failed to hit normal life in the city and transport services are normal with business running as usual.

Train services from Howrah and Sealdah stations are running on schedule with no disruptions reported so far. State transport buses as well as private buses are also plying as usual. Some stray incident of protesters from CPI (M) trying to impose bandh has been reported. .

In Jadavpur CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty took out a protest march from 8B bus stand. Huge police force is deployed in the area to counter any unwanted situation. In Lake Town 7 CPM activists have been arrested for trying to down shutter some shops forcibly. In Jessore Road bandh supporters staged a road blockade but were eventually dispersed. The situation in IT hub of the city, Salt Lake Sec-V is normal. Attendance in government offices is normal.

Despite voicing a unified tone against PM Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetize high value currency notes, Opposition parties are divided on the call for a bandh. While the left parties have a nationwide 12-hour bandh. Congress, AAP, JD (U) and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress refrained from participating in the strike.

The Congress has organized a protest rally and called the day ‘Jana Akrosh Diwas’. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who had started the call for a unified protest against the currency ban, will hold a march in Kolkata at 1 pm. Sources said a turnout of at least 1 lakh people is expected. The Aam Aadmi Party will hold a protest at Central Park, the heart of Delhi.