The hartal call evoked partial response in the Millennium City on Saturday.
Normal life was largely unaffected even as BJP activists led by former Minister Samir Dey and State general secretary Nayan Mohanty staged demonstrations at several places in the morning.
Vehicular traffic on the roads was unhindered, though thin, while markets and major commercial establishments barring a few remained open through the day. Schools and colleges were open as were banks and post offices. Government offices were, however, closed on account of second Saturday.
Business went on as usual at the major commodities market of Malgodown and the vegetable mandi of Chhatra Bazaar, which were open.
The most visible impact, however, was on the commuters, who had to face problems due to lack of transport service from the city to outside. Private and Government buses stayed off the roads as a precautionary measure while train services were disrupted on account of the Statewide hartal. City bus service was also withdrawn for the day due to the hartal.