Bharat bandh evokes lukewarm response in Barak Valley
With no support from people in general to the bandh, there has been lukewarm response in all the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi.
SILCHAR: With no support from people in general to the bandh, there has been lukewarm response in all the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. In fact, neutral observers look at bandh as a means to assert their presence by dwarfed left political parties and their comrades. Beyond that, the shut down for hours, paralysing the normal life and adversely affecting the daily wage earners, carries no meaning.
The all India bandh called by Sanjukta Kisan Morcha and supported by SUCI (Socialist Unity Centre of India), DSO (Democratic Student Organisation, Forward Block and All India MSS volunteers were on the roads to make it their day. Except in Hailakandi, where KMSS has some base, it failed to pull crowd.
Psychologically, employees of state and central establishments, banks as well as industrial units relapse into holiday mood once call is given for bandh. Besides, a sense of fear lurks in business circles that lead to closure of shops and their interests. Public transport services were off the road. Train services were normal. So were air services. Some private vehicles, two and four wheelers, were seen moving cautiously. Police were put on alert. Handful of volunteers made abortive bid to block roads. Questions have been raised about the very agenda of All India bandh calling for repeal of the farm laws passed by both Houses of Parliament and consented by the President of India. This seems next to impossible. The Centre is firm on its stand not to withdraw the farm laws. Farmers across the country are reaping its benefits.