Kerala Congress (M) which had called a hartal in Idukki district on Monday, has declared hartal in the districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam on Tuesday.

Milk and newspaper distributions and pilgrimage by Sabarimala devotees have been exempted.

Arpookkara near Kottayam town has been exempted on account of the festival at Sreesubrahmonia Swamy temple.

BJP hartal

Meanwhile, the BJP has called hartal in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Idukki districts on Tuesday. They too have exempted distribution of milk, newspapers and the pilgrimage of Sabarimala devotees.

Trade union hartal

These districts would also be subjected to the earlier hartal called by the Vyapari-Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithy in protest against the Central government move to open up retail sector.