SUCI Bandh Paralyses Life In Kolkata

Kolkata, January 27: | Updated: Jan 28 2003, 05:30am hrs
West Bengal shut down for a day with the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) claiming the full support of the people for its bandh call, while the ruling Left Front blamed the Centre for making the people selfish with its liberalisation policies.

Business, commerce and most educational institutions remained closed in Kolkata, as the Republic Day weekend turned into a three day holiday.

In Kolkata, the government bravely maintained some sort of transport system by plying buses, but most private transport was off the roads.

SUCI had called the bandh over a host of populist causes: the increase in electricity tariffs, educational fees, court fees, hospital charges and introduction of water tax by the state government.

SUCI warned that if its demands are not met, it will call a 48-hour bandh. Despite promises by SUCI that it will not force people to observe a bandh, supporters blocked railway lines and roads.