Bhubaneswar: The dawn-to-dusk shutdown
called by 13 non-UPA and non-NDA parties against spiralling
prices of essential commodities on Tuesday paralysed normal life
Vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt across the
state as supporters of the bandh, which was backed by the
ruling BJD in the state, blocked roads.
"The hartal was successful and peaceful in Orissa,"
said Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik who hit out
at the UPA government at the Centre accusing it of failing to
contain price spiral.
Around 1000 people were rounded up as a preventive
measure in different places in the state while picketing and
staging demonstrations, sources said.
Roads in the state capital and elsewhere wore a
deserted look as buses, trucks, taxis, cars and auto-rickshaws
did not ply.
The shutdown hit rail services as a number of trains
were stopped at various stations for varied duration.
Shops and commercial establishments were closed across
the state as work was hit in central government offices, PSUs
like NALCO, post offices and banks.
However, Rourkela Steel Plant remained unaffected.