How effective was BJP’s 12-hour statewide bandh?

News Desk: As per reports and feedbacks, the 12-hour statewide bandh called by the Bhartiya Janata Party in West Bengal on Monday evoked mixed response from the public.

The party had given a call for a bandh from 6 am to 6 pm as a sign of protest against the violence that occurred during the civic polls held on February 27.

In southern Bengal, most of the commercial establishments remained open and public transport functioned normally even as BJP workers staged blockades in some areas.

Police said that BJP workers attempted to block roads in Cooch Behar and Howrah, but were dispersed by the police. In Hooghly, party members sat down on railway tracks, and also blocked roads in the Nandigram constituency in the Purba Medinipur district.

Shops, however, remained closed and vehicles remained off the roads in areas in northern Bengal. The party had performed well in the region during the last Assembly elections.