The 24-hour long strike has been called by All Assam Motor Transport Association with effect from  5 am on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Amid the ongoing Durga Puja festivities, the 24-hour-long ‘chakka bandh’, called by the Assam Motor Transport Association starting from 5 am on Thursday, has evoked widespread resentment among the masses, especially those waiting in long ques for long-distance routes.

Terming the strike as unethical and reflection of opportunism among the members of the association, a large section of passengers, who were waiting for buses to reach their respective destinations early on Thursday morning, said, “It’s really unethical to call for a strike during this time of the year. The association members are taking full advantage of the festive season when people are moving to their native places from Guwahati, especially those are staying in city but hail from other districts of Assam.”

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As per reports, the 24-hour long strike has been called by the state’s Motor Transport Association demanding increase of transport fares citing the reason that there is a hike in petrol and diesel prices recently across the state.

“They will get enough time to stage protest and call for such strikes in future. They are just trying take advantage of the present festive season. What will they get by harassing the masses? How will we go home during Puja as our family members are waiting for us? They are citing petrol and diesel prices hike as cause of their strike. But why they always maintain silence when there is reduction of prices of such products?” some of the passengers waiting at Khanapara area of Guwahati regretted.

Vehicular movement have come to a standstill and normal life in Guwahti and other parts of the state has been adversely disrupted following the strike called by the Assam Motor Transport Association. The strike will continue till 5 am on Friday.

Meanwhile, the association members have also threatened the state government to intensify their strike if their demands are not fulfilled after Durga Puja.

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