Guwahati: The 24-hour nationwide shutdown, called by the central trade union bodies in protesting against the “anti-people” policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the Centre, failed to evoke much response across Assam till Wednesday.
Most of the business establishments across Guwahati kept their shutters open, however, plying of less number of public buses during the day created problem for city commuters.
In Fancy Bazar, business hub of city, the bandh got some response as shutters of some of the business establishments were kept down on Wednesday in support of the strike. Speaking to EastMojo, a local youth at Fancy Bazaar said, “As a nationwide protest has spread out across the country against the anti-people policies of the BJP government, there is no way left with us than supporting the strike.”.
Expressing concern over the poor GDP turnover of the country in the past days, another youth from the locality said how the government will fulfill the demand of trade union workers for increasing their wages if the financial condition remains penurious.
At a time when the nationwide strike has been observed in a peaceful manner in Assam along with other states of Northeast India so far, a few reports of violence and arson were reported from other parts of the country, including in West Bengal where protesters vandalised public buses, police vehicle and government properties while enforcing the 24-hour bandh on Wednesday. On the other hand, in Tamil Nadu, police arrested nearly 800 workers of eight trade unions on Wednesday while they were attempting to stage a demonstration as part of the nationwide strike to protest the “anti-labour” policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre.
Notably, at least nine central trade unions, including Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), among others observed a 24 hour nationwide shutdown protesting against the “anti-people” policies of the Central government. The shutdown that came into effect across the nation from 6 am on Wednesday and will last till 6 am on Thursday.