Mixed response to Bharat bandh

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The Bharat bandh evoked mixed response in the city on Thursday. While the markets were closed in most parts of the city — many of them were opened after 5 pm — factories, government offices and banks functioned as usual. Schools, mostly private, remained closed.

The BJP and SAD workers held rallies in various parts of the city, especially at Clock Tower and mini-secretariat.

The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal said they protested against the Centre as as well as the state government. They gave a memorandum to the excise and taxation authorities, highlighting the uncalled for increase in taxes by the state government.

Schools, mostly private, remained closed. There was a lot of confusion among students as many schools had not declared a holiday on Wednesday and they came to know about it in the morning when the vans did not come to pick them up. Many students still came to the schools and had to go back.

The transport was almost normal on the GT road.

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