Bengaluru may be partially shutdown on Wednesday in response to the nation-wide bandh called by ten central trade unions against the Central government’s “disinvestment, privatisation and labour reform policies.”

Although the Karnataka government has maintained that schools and colleges will remain open and state run buses will operate as usual, it will largely depend on the intensity of protests. With a section of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) employees supporting bandh, there could be disruption in bus services. Taxi and auto drivers associations have decided not to support the strike. Metro too will operate as usual.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in a statement on Tuesday, said that bandh will not affect the normal life in Karnataka in anyway. Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi has warned of stringent action against road transport staff if they fail to show up at work. The BMTC managing director too said that buses will ply without any disruption. However, employees in the trade unions have hinted at not attending the work.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said that educational institutions will remain open. “The department has issued instructions to the district deputy commissioners to take a call based on the situation in respective districts,” the minister said.

Banks are likely to remain closed.

In Bengaluru, the city police has granted permission to protest at Freedom Park. Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said the permission will not be given to organisations to carry out rallies in other places and has warned of action against those flouting restrictions.





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