Bandh in West Bengal; transport strike hits India: What people are doing (Pics)

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Bengaluru, April 30: Normal life in West Bengal and several other parts of the country was thrown out of gear by a statewide dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the Opposition parties in West Bengal and a nation-wide transport strike on Thursday, April 30.

In Kolkata, empty government buses were plying on empty streets. Several trains have been cancelled.

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All shops, schools, colleges were closed in the state. However, state government employees will face trouble as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would take serious actions against them if they respond to the bandh.

Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday was quoted as saying, "I am saying with folded hands please do not support the bandh. There will be no bandh in Kolkata or in the districts."

Left, BJP and Congress called for the bandh in West Bengal to protest against the violence unleashed by the ruling Trinamool Congress in the civic polls. A transport strike was also called by the trade union arms of these parties.

Meanwhile, a nation-wide transport strike brought the country to a standstill. Buses, autos, taxis are not available in many metro cities including Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai.

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However, private transport companies provided service to the passengers. Police Commissioner of Bengaluru, MN Reddi tweeted, "Transport Strike: there is no Bandh at all in the city. Citizens can freely move about and shops can be kept open without any fear."

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Here are a few pics and reactions of people over the bandh and transport strike:

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