DMK working president M K Stalin on Monday said that the Tamil Nadu bandh was a huge success. Speaking to ANI, he said that the DMK would continue its efforts until the farmers’ demand were met by the AIADMK government. Earlier in the day, Stalin and former Union Minister T R Baalu had been detained in Tiruvarur during the shutdown of the state, which had been called by the opposition parties to support the drought-hit farmers protesting in the nation’s capital. Although, according to reports by Times of India, the bandh did not impact autos, taxis and state-run buses. Earlier, the AIADMK government, which itself is going through a political turmoil had stated that the bandh would not affect normal life of the public in the state.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that the police had taken all the possible steps to make sure that law and order were maintained across the state. Several opposition parties, such as DMK, Congress, CPI(M), CPI, VCK, IUML and some trade unions, farmers groups and the Tamil film industry had expressed their support for the shutdown of the state.
The state government meanwhile had ensured that essential services were not affected by the bandh. It had said that the people would not really be impacted in any way by the bandh.
On Sunday, draught-hit Tamil Nadu farmers had called off their 40-day long strike after Chief Minister E Palaniswami had met them. Although, the farmers had clarified that the calling off of the strike was just for a temporary period and they would sit on strike again if their demands were not met. According to reports, CM E Palaniswami had assured them of all possible help. He had also told them that he would be speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive off their loans.