Bengaluru: The day-long nationwide strike called by central trade unions on Wednesday affected normal life in this IT city and other parts of Karnataka even as the state government warned against forceful imposition of the strike.
Government transport workers joined the strike objecting to the proposed motor bill as buses and autorickshaws kept off the roads causing inconvenience to office-goers and those travelling to far-off places.
People who have travelled to the city from other places were seen stranded at the railway station and bus station. Anticipating inconvenience to students, schools and colleges had declared a holiday today.
As many as 12 central trade unions have given the strike call over a 12-points charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed changes in the labour laws and stopping the disinvestment and privatisation of PSUs.
The strike affecting normal life has been reported from several parts of the state including Dharwad, Raichur, Davangere, Bellary and Hassan.
Conceding that people travelling faced inconvenience, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said, "Things may normalise by evening." Expressing empathy with the transport workers' concerns, he said, "Ee too share their worry."
Karnataka Home Minister KJ George has warned against forceful imposition of the strike. City Police Chief N S Megharikh said adequate security arrangements have been made to see that no untoward incident happens.
Passengers have accused private transporters of over charging, using the strike as an opportunity.