Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday said the nationwide strike called by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and other Left and non-Congress parties to protest against the centre's FDI policy, LPG subsidy reduction and hike in diesel price 'has been successful' in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
"The bandh against FDI in retail, LPG limit has been successful in Karnataka," Yeddyurappa told reporters on Thursday.
The former Karnataka Chief Minister said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should quit immediately.
"The PM must immediately resign from his office," he said.
A nationwide strike on Thursday called by the BJP-NDA and other Left and non-Congress parties to protest the centre´s FDI policy, LPG subsidy reduction and hike in diesel price disrupted life in India, especially in non-Congress states, while West Bengal witnessed sporadic violence during the agitation.
Yeddyurappa and senior party leader Ananth Kumar courted arrest in Bangalore as they demonstrated against centre´s policies as part of the nationwide strike.
In Karnataka capital Bangalore, the IT industry suffered owing to the strike. There were few buses on the streets in the BJP ruled state´s capital.
Protesters took to streets as train services were hit badly from blockades while few public transport was seen on the roads.
Shops, schools and office establishments remained closed.