Voluntary shutdown in Mumbai on Monday, Shiv Sena says no bandh

Last Updated: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:15

Mumbai: Trade associations in Mumbai and Maharashtra have called for a voluntary shutdown Monday as a mark of respect for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, who passed away Saturday afternoon.

A statement by the Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) called upon the trading community to observe the shutdown and observe `Shraddhanjali Day` Monday.

"The state of Maharashtra and the trading community has lost a true friend and a well-wisher. Balasaheb was a great son of the soil and a true nationalist who minced no words to express his views," said FAM president Mohan Gurnani.

The retails and wholesale jewellery market - Zaveri Bazar - and all other jewellery units will also remain shut Monday.

Shiv Sena, however, denied having called a shutdown. "The shutdown call is purely voluntary. We have not called for any kind of shutdown," party spokesperson Anil Parab told a news agency.

Auto rickshaws and taxis might ply.

All educational institutions, including schools and colleges, will also remain closed on Monday owing to the call given by various bus owners` associations of the city and state.

Public transport including city buses and local trains will ply as usual throughout the city and state.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:15

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