The second day of the nationwide strike called by various trade unions evoked a lukewarm response across the district on Thursday.

Hundreds of trade union members took out a protest march here and requested the public to participate in the strike.

Hotels, petrol outlets, business establishments, markets, rice mills and educational institutions functioned as usual in Mandya and most parts of most parts of Malavalli, Maddur, Pandavapura, Srirangapatna, K.R. Pet and Nagamangala taluks.

KSRTC and Mandya Nagara Sarige (MNS) buses, private buses, autorickshaws and private cabs operated as usual across the district.

ATMs of several banks ran dry at several places in Mandya, Malavalli and Maddur. Besides bank employees, staff of insurance companies too participated in the strike.

Earlier in the day, members of the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), and Mandya City Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union staged a protest at Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Circle, off the Bangalore–Mysore Highway.

The protesters raised slogans against the Centre’s “anti-people” policies, which, they claimed, had resulted in large-scale retrenchment of workers. They added that price rise had badly affected the common people.

  • KSRTC, MNS buses operate as usual

  • Shops, petrol outlets function as usual in Mandya