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.
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.
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."
Here are a few pics and reactions of people over the bandh and transport strike:
LIVE UPDATE of Bandh in #Bangalore Just reached office, thank god Volvo buses are running. Normal buses are not operating.— Deepak Pal (@Deepakpal) April 30, 2015
Kolkata bandh. 80,000 students to appear for univ exams and no trains, metro, public transport running. WB should just shut down.— Prasanto K Roy (@prasanto) April 30, 2015
GUJARAT ST BUS ARE ALSO SHUTDOWN THE WHOLE DAY #bandh— KETULKUMAR (@ketultheking786) April 30, 2015
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 (n/n)— M N Reddi, IPS (@CPBlr) April 30, 2015
Every strike & bandh will be celebrated in Keralahttps://t.co/gNCXCvuV4h— Vasudevan, A. R. (@arvasudevan) April 30, 2015
On my way to office. Less public transport, lesser people & Flipkart boys are out delivering. #kolkata bandh— BuckTheFad (@AmarKrishnaJha) April 30, 2015
The people of Bengal finally stood up against the atrocities of WB Govt & police.Complete spontaneous response to Bandh called by opposition— Chandra Kumar Bose (@Ckb1960in) April 30, 2015
@prasanto Metro and trains are running normally, most busses are on the roads.. just a few supporting the bandh callers are off.— Sumana De (@SumanaDe) April 30, 2015
In other news, Bengal paralyzed due to Bandh. ALL parties are the same. Irritating!— Seemantini (@seemantinibose) April 30, 2015
Autowalas are behaving like always. @Olacabs auto couldn't be reached. Don't know the reason. Hope this Bandh will end soon.— Deepak Pal (@Deepakpal) April 30, 2015
Howrah (WB): Unknown persons vandalize a Govt bus during 'bandh' called by opposition parties in Bengal. https://t.co/JI3NIyOOdp— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2015
Delhi: Auto & taxi unions go on strike protesting against the new Road Safety & Transport Bill. pic.twitter.com/iRyl7u5XCm— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2015
Kolkata: Opposition parties shore-up the bandh called by trade union; add issue of ‘violation during MC polls’. pic.twitter.com/puBv6LfTux— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2015
Thiruvananthapuram: Nationwide strike by trade union. pic.twitter.com/3AMIvSSvmH— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2015
Asansol (WB): CPI-M calls for a ‘bandh’ in Bengal. Police baton charge on protesters. pic.twitter.com/MbgbhItRUd— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2015