Bandh evokes mixed response in Haryana, Punjab

The nation-wide bandh called by the Left and non-BJP parties to protest government`s alleged failure to check price rise evoked mixed response in Haryana and Punjab today.

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 23:11 PM IST

Chandigarh: The nation-wide bandh called by
the Left and non-BJP parties to protest government`s alleged
failure to check price rise evoked mixed response in Haryana
and Punjab today.

Reports from different parts of Haryana said the bandh
evoked good response in some pockets while it had a lukewarm
effect at other places, even as the main opposition party INLD
claimed it was complete throughout the state.

In Punjab, Left parties` and the Lok Bhalai Party
activists blocked rail traffic for two hours at Ludhiana,
Sangrur, Muktsar and Bathinda.

Road traffic was also disrupted briefly at Jalalabad,
Muktsar and Fazilka, where the activists held protest
demonstrations.

But in major towns including Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar
and Moga, the bandh evoked little impact with vehicles plying
on the road as ususal, trains running as scheduled and
commercial establishments transacting normal business.

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab did not support
the bandh as its ally the BJP was not participating.

In Haryana, the bandh evoked good response in Sirsa,
Hisar, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwani, Yamunanagar, Fatehabad, Narnaul,
Mahendergarh and Kurukshetra districts while there was partial
effect at other places including Ambala, Panchkula, Rohtak,
Karnal, Panipat, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Shops remained closed at places where the bandh was
successful. Rail and road traffic in the state was plying
normally though private transport was off the road at some
places, with people, especially in the rural areas preferring
to avoid travel in view of the bandh.

Government offices and other establishments were also
functioning as per routine. However, there was an undeclared
holiday in some private schools in view of the bandh.

INLD activists held protest demonstrations throughout the
state and raised slogans against the UPA regime at the Centre
and the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in the state,
charging them with failing to rein in prices.

Former Chief Minister and INLD President, Om Prakash
Chautala toured some places including Panipat, Kurukshetra,
Kaithal and Yamunanagar to see the effect of the bandh.

Addressing public gatherings along the route, Chautala
thanked people for supporting the bandh and making it an
"overwhelming success" which he said was an indication of the
growing resentment of the people against the failure of the
UPA and the Hooda (state) government to control the prices.

-PTI