Bhubaneswar: The day-long nationwide bandh call given by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) to oppose the diesel price hike, cap on subsidised cooking gas cylinders and allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, failed to make an impact on normal life in Odisha.
In the capital city Bhubaneswar, although some of the markets remained closed, the vehicular movement was normal though protesters blocked traffic at some places.
Public transport vehicles like auto-rickshaws were fewer than usual. However, the schools and colleges in Bhubaneswar remained closed.
The shutdown also had least impact in western parts of the state, including Sambalpur and Bolangir town, as the annual harvest festival of Nuakhai is underway in the region and protestors had decided not to enforce the shutdown.
In Odisha, the BJD was not supporting the bandh due to ‘Nuakhai’ festival. The bandh was mostly by the BJP and Left parties in Odisha.
There has been no report of any untoward incident from any part of the State so far. The protests have so far been peaceful.
Source: 360 NS