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.