TIRUCHY: Expressing solidarity with Tamil Nadu’s drought-hit farmers, and seeking adequate financial compensation for crop loss, Tuesday’s State-wide general shut down called by opposition parties saw many shops shut across the delta districts.
Even cinema theatres cancelled screening morning shows in support of the bandh. Though a significant number of private buses remained off the roads after the bandh called in a DMK hosted all-party meet a week ago, State run buses were fully operational.
Since morning, majority of the shops across the delta districts of Tiruchy, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam remained shut, except a few stalls selling essential commodities including dairy and medical supplies.
As the Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangankalin Peramaippu supported the general strike called by opposition parties, close to 70,000 shops in the city had their shutters down in support of farmers demanding loan waiver from the Union government despite crop loss.
According to Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) officials, State-run fleets are said to be fully operational.
“About 1,040 services in Tiruchy division of TNSTC including Ariyalur, Perambalur, and Thuraiyur are actively operational to cater to the public. Close to 80 per cent of private fleets in Tiruchy city are commuting.” a TNSTC official told the New Indian Express.
Meanwhile, opposition party cadre from DMK, Congress, Communist Party of India (CPI), VCK, and MMK staged road protests near Tiruchy central bus stand, Chatiram bus stand, Thuraiyur, Manapparai, and Lalgudi.
As the DMK’s working president, M K Stalin was at another meeting in Tiruvarur, other DMK MLAs including former minister K N Nehru, Thuraiyur MLA S Stalin Kumar, Lalgudi MLA A Soundarapandian were detained by police for staging road blockades at Tiruchy, Thuraiyur and Lalgudi towns respectively on Tuesday.
A total of 648 cadre from opposition parties were detained across Tiruchy district. Though shops bore the brunt of the bandh, vehicular movement was unaffected.
Farmers associations in delta districts have also been plannig rail roko protests.