Bharat Bandh Jan 8th -9th

West Bengal – 

Train services blocked by protesters in Howrah.

School bus vandalised 30 Km away from Kolkata, police detain protestors.

CPI and TMC workers clash in Asansol.

Kerala –  

Railway lines blocked in Trivandrum, trains running behind schedule.

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Karnataka – 

Educational institutes shut, auto rickshaws run partially but overcharging customers. Taxis services available in Bengaluru. Namma metro operates as usual.

Goons pelt stones operating in Majestic bus terminal. KSRTC stays off roads, BMTC partially operate. BMTC play a wait and watch game, if situation worsens it could pulls busses off roads.

Emergency services, milk, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, malls and theaters stay open.

Bike rallies in Pennya industrial layout, and protests outside Bengaluru’s iconic town hall.

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Tomorrow’s nation wide strike by trade unions is most likely to impact left dominated states like Kerala and West Bengal.

The Congress – JDS ruled Karnataka government will also actively participate in the bandh.

West Bengal – 

The Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE) exams will go on as schedule as tomorrow. The West Bengal government has made necessary arrangement for transportation.

Odisha –

Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will be leading his party’s (BJD) agitation on farmers and has will host a mega farmer rally in New Delhi.

The Odisha Education Secretary has declared holidays for schools and colleges.

Karnataka –

Busses remain off roads, private schools will remain shut. Also exams of Bangalore University and PU preparatory exams have been postponed.


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Farmers across the country have joined the nation wide strike called by unions on the 8th and 9th of January.

Karnataka : Courts proceeding likely not to be affected.

West Bengal :  Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued directive making attendance mandatory in all Government and Government-funded offices on Jan 8th and 9th. Salary will be deducted if employees don’t turn up for work.

Tamil Nadu : The Tamil nadu chief secretary issued a circular to all government departments stating the government would take strict action against employees who take part in the two day strike.

Odisha – The ruling BJD has extended support to the Bandh called.

Andhra Pradesh – Auto rickshaw union in Visakhapatnam announced their support to the strike.

Telangana – Auto Driver Unions, school vans and transport vehicles to will observe the bandh. They demand the withdrawal of Motor Vehicle Amendment Act and to set up Auto Drivers Welfare Board to curb the exploitation of the private financiers and to decrease the insurance fee by 50 per cent.


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Trade union have called for a nationwide strike on January 8th and 9th, bank employees are set to go on strike on the same days. Close to ten trade unions have called for a two-day strike to protest against the “anti-worker” and “anti-trade” policies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led central BJP government.

Major trade unions, including the All India Trade Union Congress, CITU, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), SEWA and LPF, have jointly called for a Bharat Bandh.

Employees in government sectors such as Railways, banks and electricity departments as well as those in the unorganised sector, including street vendors and auto and taxi drivers, are expected to join the 48-hour bandh.

Anganwadis in the state will remain shut during the protest.

Taxi owners also have extended their support. Ola and Uber services may be hit.

In Karnataka

Employees of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are likely to join the Bharat Bandh protest.  This will affect lakhs of commuters across the state.

A CITU – affiliated Auto Rickshaw Drivers Union in Karnataka has also extended support to the nationwide strike and said three-wheelers won’t ply on January 8th and 9th.

Karnataka Association of Management for unaided schools on Monday announced a two-day holiday for all private schools in Karnataka keeping the safety of school children.

Bengaluru Metro services will function as usual on these two days. Hotel owners have extended moral support to the strike but will keep their joints operational during the Bandh on January 8th and 9th.

07/01/ 2019 16:15

This is a developing story, it will be updated at regular intervals. Source various.