Bharat Bandh hits normal life in Kerala, most of India remains unaffected
While most of the states remain unaffected on Bharat Bandh day, Kerala witnesses complete shutdown.
The ruling Left Democratic Front has called for Bharat Bandh to highlight the anger of people on the Centre’s sudden decision to ban high denomination notes that have left the cooperative banks in turmoil.
On the other hand, congress has staged a separate sit-in protest in front of Raj Bhawan. The protesters got detained and shifted to Nandavanam AR camp.
The 12-hour shutdown has begun at 6 a.m. and it was peaceful in the early hours. During the hartal hours, special exemptions have been given to banks, hospitals, tourist centres, Sabarimala pilgrims and weddings.
The state government has taken all possible steps to ensure that the tourism sector was not affected by Bandh. Public transport systems including Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and private vehicles are maintaining off roads today. Police vehicles are helping the people to reach their destinations from railway stations and hospitals.
Besides Kerala, left parties have called for Bandh in West Bengal and Tripura, which affected the normal life.