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Sep 07, 2010 at 07:27pm IST

Left-ruled states bear maximum brunt of bandh

New Delhi: The trade union bandh against price rise had maximum impact in Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura -- the three Left-ruled states.

Nearly six crore workers under the banner of eight trade unions participated in the strike on Tuesday. They demanded a control on rising prices, streamlining of the rationing system and proper implementation of labour laws.

Most flights to and from Kolkata have been cancelled, barring Air India flights.

In Mumbai, the strike has had a partial impact while in Delhi the strike had minimal impact. Mumbai auto unions could also join the strike.

In Left-ruled Kerala, the public transport was badly affected and commuters faced a harrowing time. Schools, colleges and shops across the state were closed. Even private vehicles were kept off the roads. Malappuram and Kottayam districts, though, were kept out of the bandh.

However, the Trinamool Congress is against the strike and hence railway and Metro services in West Bengal have not been affected. The strike is not being forced on minority-dominated areas in the state because of Ramzan.

Justifying the bandh, Gurdas Dasgupta, CPI Leader said, “This is a general strike called by the Trade Unions of the country. This is a strike not of the common people but of the workers. The strike is against price rise...we are compelled to go on strike. This is going to be the biggest strike in the recent time.”

Of 15 only the Rashtriya Rajdhani Kshetra Auto Union Union is taking part in the strike.

In this strike, apart from SBI most of the nationalised banks like PNB, Vijaya Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce will take part in the strike.

One group from the transport sector will be protesting at Jantar Mantar between 10am and 2pm, while one from the banking sector will be protesting outside the Jeevan Bharti building in protest. AITUC trade union along with left leader like Gurdas Das Gupta would protest outside the RBI at 11am.