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Nationwide union strike evokes mixed response in K'taka

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions against the alleged repressive labour policies by the Modi government evoked mixed response in Karnataka on Tuesday.

While buses of the (KSRTC) stayed off the roads in most parts of the state, causing inconvenience to the people travelling to distant places, private buses, auto, taxi and were available as usual.

Mixed response to strike have been reported so far from Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi-Dharwad among others. In many districts, holiday was declared in schools and colleges, with examinations being postponed.

Very few (BMTC) buses were seen plying on the roads. Officials said passengers were also few in number, as most of them were aware of strike and have opted for other modes of transport. Two BMTC buses were pelted with stones by miscreants near Malleswaram here, they said.

There were complaints about auto drivers charging exorbitant fares from passengers here, Hubballi among other places. Authorities said action would be initiated against such drivers.

Hotels, shops and establishments like malls and film theatres functioned as usual, with their unions extending a moral support to the strike. are likely to be disrupted.

The unions have decided to hold a protest march from in the city to Freedom Park on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, from to the Raj Bhavan.

Adequate security arrangement has been made to ensure that no untoward incident took place, police said.

Describing the strike as "illogical, irrational and politically-motivated" move called by "frustrated elements", the state has called upon the people to reject it and carry on with their daily activities.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 12:10 IST