HUBLI: The all-India bandh called by the Sangh Parivar evoked mixed response in the three districts of Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag.
The bandh was near-total in Hubli-Dharwad where public transport vehicles kept off the road since early morning and all shops and offices remained closed.
VHP activists burnt tyres at important junctions. Owing to this, many shopkeepers who had come with the intention of carrying out their business as usual returned home. A few who opened their shops downed shutters later for, there were hardly any people out on the roads. In Hubli and Dharwad, city buses and long-route buses kept off the roads. Only private vehicles and some auto rickshaws plied. After 10 a.m., some Hindu organisations took out a rally in the twin cities.
After 4 p.m., hotels and shops started opening, and public transport services too resumed. In other taluks of the district, the bandh evoked a fairly good response. In Gadag and Haveri, the bandh evoked very little response. Public transport services operated normally. Members of Hindu organisations took out protest marches.