TAMIL NADU

Strike total and peaceful in delta districts

whole alone: Thanjavur new bus stand wears a deserted look owing to the general strike called by the DMK and its allies demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka on Thursday . —

whole alone: Thanjavur new bus stand wears a deserted look owing to the general strike called by the DMK and its allies demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka on Thursday . —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Srinath

Tiruchi Bureau

Buses stay off roads, but private vehicles ply

THANJAVUR: The bandh called by DMK president M.Karunanidhi demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka passed off peacefully in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts.

Buses did not ply in both districts and shops downed their shutters in all the towns.

At Thanjavur, all the shops remained closed except medical and petty shops. With Government transport corporation and private buses off the road, the bus stands remained deserted. However, autorickshaws and cars plied.

While DMK candidate for Thanjavur Lok Sabha constituency S. S. Palani Manickam did not campaign till 6 p.m. , MDMK candidate Durai Balakrishnan campaigned for the whole day.

Clerical staff of the police department stayed away from work. In a press release, they said they participated in the strike and demanded ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

Nagapattinam

The strike was peaceful in the Cauvery delta region of Nagapattinam district.

All the roads and bazaars in major towns like Nagapattinam, Mayiladuturai and Sirkazhi wore a deserted look till evening.

Public transport was affected as Government and private buses did not ply. Officer-goers were put to great hardship. Most of the shops, hotels and commercial establishments remained closed. Train services were not disrupted and private vehicles ran as usual.

While the Government offices reported thin attendance, banks and other private firms functioned with full attendance. The strike did not affect the people in the district.

Ariyalur

The public and trading community in the district responded well to the strike call. Barring a handful of medical shops, all commercial establishments were closed till evening. No untoward incident was reported.

Some educational institutions and manufacturing establishments functioned with reduced strength.

Passengers alighting from Guruvayur and Vaigai Expresses to proceed towards Thanjavur and Pattukottai were stranded till evening as buses stayed off the roads.

The AIADMK and allies did not heed to the strike call. PMK candidate for Chidambaram (Reserved) Parliamentary constituency E. Ponnusamy went about his campaign in Senthurai.

Perambalur

The strike was total and peaceful in the district. Buses kept off the road and all commercial establishments were closed. A few private colleges functioned with sparse strength.

Karur

The strike affected normal life in Karur district with an overwhelming majority of business establishments remaining closed and people stranded for want of proper transport.

Government and private buses remained off road and so did lorries. Since sand quarries in the Cauvery were also closed for the day, the roads became freeways. Autorickshaws and taxis plied on emergency basis.

Banks transacted business but the volume was low. State and Central government offices, including the district collectorate, functioned but visitors were less.

Schools functioned but the attendance was thin as many school authorities preferred not to operate their buses fearing trouble.

Shops and business establishments downed their shutters. The numerous textile and allied industrial units in Karur and nearby areas remained closed.

Vegetable arrivals in the markets in the morning were dull and the patronage was low. Cinema halls cancelled their shows. Train services were largely unaffected but the patronage was low in them. Normality limped back after dusk as many shops and business as well as commercial establishments reopened.

Campaigning of the candidates were on expected lines _ DMK and its allies preferred to work from indoors in line with their strike call while the AIADMK and others were busy canvassing votes. The AIADMK candidate for the Karur Lok Sabha constituency was soliciting votes in the Viralimalai area of Pudukkottai district.

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