December 15, 2006 2:49:52 am
Kerela virtually logged out of life today, going under the nationwide strike. Roads all over the state remained mostly deserted except for stray two-wheelers and the exempted vehicles of Sabarimala pilgrims till evening, shops and offices remained shut, the government offices that remained notionally open had too few staff turning up to function, anyway.
The Kerala High Court may be the first in India to declare bandhs illegal, but as usual, today’s strike too was a bandh in disguise, hitting work in almost all sectors in the state. Though train and air traffic were unaffected, the strike hit cargo movement at the Nedumbassery international airport, and long distance passengers remained stranded in railway stations. Even IT and allied industries were not spared.
CITU men blocked software workers belonging to various companies turning up at the government-run technopark in Thiruvanantapuram, but major IT players like Wipro at the other state-owned IT hub, the Infopark in Kochi, had prudently declared a holiday to avert trouble. Significantly, this was many months after the Left Government had declared in the state Assembly that the state’s IT and tourism would be insulated from strikes.
Opposition leader and former chief minister Oommen Chandy of the Congress blasted the Left government for imposing another “government-sponsored bandh’’ on the state.
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