Opposition bandh call evokes mixed response in Puducherry

The dawn to dusk bandh called by opposition parties in Puducherry to step up their demand for removal of Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh, evoked a mixed response on Wednesday.

Puducherry: The dawn to dusk bandh called by
opposition parties in Puducherry to step up their demand for
removal of Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh, mired in a
controversy over his recommendation for expeditious issue of
passport to suspected money launderer Hasan Ali Khan, evoked a
mixed response on Wednesday.
Shops and establishments remained closed in a number of
centers in the union territory. While private buses were off
the roads, government buses plied as usual and government
offices also reported normal attendance.

Police pickets were posted at all vantage and vulnerable
points in and around Puducherry, where prohibitory orders have
already been clamped in the wake of the bandh for two days
since yesterday.

The bandh is called by AIADMK, CPI, CPI(M), BSP, RSP and
some other parties demanding that the Centre recall Singh.

Meanwhile, deputy secretary of CPI`s local unit A
Ramamoorthy said the opposition`s memorandum demanding sacking
of Singh had been faxed to President Pratibha Patil.
Singh had left last night for Delhi via Chennai after
being questioned for two days by an Enforcement Directorate
team on the passport issue.

Singh is in the eye of a storm for his action as Congress
Rajya Sabha member in 1997 in recommending expeditious issue
of passport to Khan, a Pune based stud farm owner.

PTI

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