Kerala hartal today: CM Pinarayi Vijayan warns strict action against agitators

Kerala hartal tomorrow: The shutdown will also be observed to protest against the steep hike in prices of petroleum products and cooking gas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2017 8:06 am
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The United Democratic Front (UDF) has called for a hartal on Monday across Kerala to protest the “anti-people policies” of the Central and State governments. The shutdown will also be observed to protest against the steep hike in prices of petroleum products and cooking gas.

In the wake of hartal, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has stated that steps have been taken to deal with the dawn-to-dusk state-wide shutdown. “Will ensure security of public in the wake of hartal declared on 16.10.2017. State police chief directed to make necessary arrangements,” CMO Kerala tweeted.

Vijayan also stated that police patrolling will be strengthened and that security will be provided to vehicles and ensure smooth functioning of offices, institutions, courts etc. The state government issued a stern warning to those who prevent vehicles from plying and those who forcefully close down shops and business establishments.  “Strict action against those who engage in acts of violence, obstruct traffic, forcefully shutdown shops & prevent people from joining work,” CMO Kerala added.

With IANS inputs 

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  1. N
    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    A rightly called strike... every citizen is supporting the hartal without any force, unlike the ones organised by LDF and NDA. Bcos of the draconian taxes imposed by the central and state government....on the argument that the government is losing the revenue is a defective argument since none of the citizens r making any money due to the vague GST laws and demonetisation effect...
    1. K
      Oct 16, 2017 at 6:51 pm
      The Bandh call should have been to protest against "Solar" scandal which involved your former CM and several other state and central ministers. Shameless Congress people now protesting against GST and demonetization. Kerala is run by black moneyed goons who deposit their ill gotten wealth, through counterfeit notes, smuggling, illegal funding to propagate certain extremist ideologies. Thousands of religious places coming up every nook and corner of the state is an example how the Congress and Communists have been lending their helping hands to extremists. Since these deposits were in cooperative banks most of the depositors are unable to show source of wealth resulting in problems for the genuine depositors. Skyrocketing of real estate prices when UDF was in power were all the directly result of black money. This has been stopped and people now need to show the source of wealth wherever they invest. The hartal shows Congress people lost big time with demonetization and GST.
    2. V
      Oct 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm
      In the interest of few political parties people of the State loss not only peace but also crippling the economy of the country at large. Such acts of indulgence driven are needs to be dealt with and compensation be levied over them. That should go to the state exchequer to instill fear and stopping them in future such Hartals lso.