Bharat Bandh disrupts normal life in Kerala, Tripura, most of India unaffected

The protests began from the early hours of Monday. Several states have been affected but those which have been most affected are Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura, Bihar and Odisha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2016 2:02 pm
bharat bandh, demonetisation, narendra modi, kerala, west bengal, kolkata, mamata banerjee, tripura, bihar, odisha, india news. indian express A view of a deserted street during the Bharat Bandh called by Left parties against demonetization of high value currency notes, in Agartala on Monday. PTI Photo

Lashing out against the demonetisation move by the Narendra Modi government, the opposition parties led by the Congress on Monday held protests. However, only the Left Front, which has a presence in Kerala, Bengal and Tripura, has called for a strike or ‘Bharat Bandh’ in the three states. The Congress and Left, which is observing Aakrosh Divas (Day of Angst), said that it will highlight the nation’s anger due to the government’s demonetisation drive.

The protests were first called by Congress party and other parties joined the call. However, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee announced that her party will not join the protests. She said that it will add to the inconvenience of people who are already suffering because of demonetisation.

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The protests began from the early hours of Monday. Several states have been affected but those which have been most affected are Kerala, Tripura, Bihar and Odisha.

Kerala: Life has come to a standstill in Kerala with the ruling LDF backing the protests. Keeping in mind the peak tourist season, the government had decided to exempt tourists from the strike. It had issued instructions to all departments concerned, including police to take all possible steps to ensure that the tourism sector was not hit by the strike. However, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private buses are keeping off roads in most places. Autorickshaws were seen plying in some places, providing some relief to people. Police vehicles were used to transport railway passengers and patients coming from far off places to the Regional Cancer Centre. Marriage parties and Sabarimala devotees have also been exempted. Earlier there were reports that some universities in Kerala had postponed its exams because of the protest.

West Bengal: Normal life remained visibly unaffected in the first few hours. Government buses and other private vehicles were seen plying on the road. Left parties, including CPM and CPI, staged a protest. Left Front chairman Biman Bose said they are not demanding to “keep the black money like TMC”.

The strike call by the Left Front has been opposed by the ruling TMC in West Bengal. “We oppose bandhs. We will take out a protest march (against demonetisation) on Monday,” state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said. The state government has ordered all its employees to attend offices on Monday and Tuesday. Exceptions would be made only in case of bereavement, maternity leave, hospitalisation and other ‘genuine reasons’, a circular issued by the state finance department said.

Government and private buses, trams and other private vehicles were seen plying on the road while most of the shops and markets were open. Train services of Eastern Railway in Sealdah and Howrah sections, besides Metro Rail services were also normal, Railway sources said.

Odisha: The Odisha government ordered shutdown of all educational institutes, including government run schools and colleges, according to reports. Maoists extend their support to the bandh in Odisha against demonetisation. The Utkal University at Bhubaneswar temporarily postponed all examinations which were scheduled to be held on Monday. On Sunday, the state home department directed all district collectors to take precautionary measures to ensure peace during the opposition protest.

Tripura: Life in Tripura has been affected by 12-hour shutdown called by left parties. As per reports, offices, businesses, educational institution and banks remained closed today morning. Government and semi-government, private offices, banks, educational institutions, shops and business establishments were remained closed due to the strike. All types of vehicles, except security forces, remained off the roads. Aircrafts in-between Agartala, Guwahati, Kolkata and New Delhi have been plied as usual. Train services between Tripura and rest of the country were affected as the Left party workers blocked several trains in different locations in the state. “There is no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the state. The shut down remained peaceful across the state,” police spokesman Uttam Kumar Bhowmik said.

bharat bandh, demonetisation, narendra modi, kerala, west bengal, kolkata, mamata banerjee, tripura, bihar, odisha, india news. indian express All India Students Federation and Chhtrara Janadhikar Party activists stop a train during the Bharat Bandh called by Left parties in Patna on Monday. PTI Photo

Bihar: JD-U didn’t support the protests. Bihar Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar said that he supported the demonetisation drive and only wanted the government to put an end to the inconvenience caused to people. However, CPI(ML) workers in Darbhanga stop train early morning protesting against the demonetisation drive.

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi protested in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Parliament complex. AIR news reported that Congress-led Himachal Pradesh government had decided to refrain from the Bharat bandh. In Jammu, Congress workers held a Jan Akrosh rally. Several of them were detained by the police.

Tamil Nadu: DMK leader MK Stalin and party workers were taken into custody by police in Chennai after their protests.

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First Published on: November 28, 2016 1:44 pm
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    Chandramani Naganathan
    Nov 28, 2016 at 8:42 am
    Demonetisation drive is supported. I am at work. Bangalore is absolutely normal.
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      Srividya Jayaraman
      Nov 28, 2016 at 5:18 pm
      Keep on dreaming. Modi will.rule.for another 10 years. Go.and apply burnol you filth.
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        Srividya Jayaraman
        Nov 28, 2016 at 5:19 pm
        Modi is not.stupid.He is right and taken correct decision because he knows India has produced many s.
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Nov 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm
          So others English.also.can get spoilt. .We.don't.knew.anything.to.learn.from.mallu because everybody knows.what sort of.people.They are. Go and give your rant to somebody else.
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            Srividya Jayaraman
            Nov 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm
            So.thatmany mallus.run to.Bombay and Chennai for jobs .These mallus.can't even speak.proper English and calling themselves.literate
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              Srividya Jayaraman
              Nov 28, 2016 at 5:17 pm
              Wait till 2019. Modi will win again and morons like you will.be made.to.stand straight.
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                Srividya Jayaraman
                Nov 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm
                Well.replied.for ic.Keralitd..Like.Bihari these guys will run to other state for job or.will run to.Saudi .
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                  palagan
                  Nov 28, 2016 at 9:08 am
                  Meanwhile Indian Express doing its duty by highlighting Commie states over rest of the India who rejected bandh. Imagine if the case was reverse then express would be asking for Modi's scalp. Grow up Shekhar gupta.
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                    Vedic_Citizen
                    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:48 am
                    All Bandhs are complete shutdown in Somalia of east.
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                      Shehzad
                      Nov 28, 2016 at 11:00 am
                      Kisi ke baap me dum nahi ki woh Gujarat ko bandh kar sake .
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                        Abbiya
                        Nov 28, 2016 at 10:42 am
                        Don't said anti nation. .the band is call for people unconvincing for exchange the money or withdrawal the money. .because of demonstration money poor village and labour cl people suffering.
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                          Abilash V
                          Nov 28, 2016 at 9:12 am
                          Bangalore life is normal...it's only in kerala left parties doing publicity stunts..even congress doesn't support bandh.lt;br/gt;Left parties should very clear about there objectives....lt;br/gt;demonetisation also ,to a large extend removes income disparity....we should support it.
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                            abraham
                            Nov 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm
                            The prime issue of DEMONETIZATION is bring the BLOCK CURRENCY,Main Object is our neighbour country(TERRORIAT HUB) made FAKE CURRENCY along with HAWALA TERRORIST FUNDING is BLOCKED and that sucked ours in VAIN.I am happy for that.MODIji Jindabad.JAI BHARAT MATA JAI HIND
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                              abraham
                              Nov 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                              Who ever declare Bandh in kerala it will be obe because of most of kerala in out of India.Most of NRI are solidarity with Modiji
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                                mumbai
                                Nov 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                Modi's way of implementing demonetization is just like cobbler trim the hair.
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                                  Anand Sudan
                                  Nov 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                                  Congress,RJD,SP, BSP
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                                    Anand Sudan
                                    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                                    It is a bandh for black money holders and Hawala operators.Really it is a shame for the people of the country that these opposition parties are protesting against the war against black money. Are they saying that the government should keep silent before the black money holders and hawakla operators.?
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                                      Anand Sudan
                                      Nov 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                                      These opposition parties expected that there would be riots in the country by fanning out the difficulties of the people. But the people are wise enough, they should know ultimately it will benefit them, so they have kept aloof from any protest, though they they suffered some difficulties consequent of the note ban. So, the opposition Aakrsh, turned out to be a damp squib.People have rejected the bandh call
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                                        Anand Sudan
                                        Nov 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm
                                        it is a pity that Communists in Kerala have come in support of the black money holders!. They have conducted a bandh for the black money holders. Now the lefts' slogasn is - Long live black money, long live hawala operators!
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                                          anju dogra
                                          Nov 28, 2016 at 8:56 am
                                          We are with our PM . Delhi is absolutely normal. No affect of bandh is here.
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                                            Anony
                                            Nov 28, 2016 at 10:38 am
                                            Kerala has been declared as the best state in India on many important metrics. Kerala is above other states, not below
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