Now let's return to work: Khurshid

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 15:14 hrs

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said now that the opposition parties have shown their 'protests' as part of the nationwide strike called by them against the centre's FDI policy, LPG subsidy reduction and hike in diesel price, they should go back to work.

"We should now concentrate on growth," Khurshid told reporters on Thursday.

"Opposition parties have shown that they can protest. Now let´s get back to shops, factories and offices," he said.

A nationwide strike on Thursday called by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (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.

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram also slammed opposition parties and said the strike caused ´economic loss´.

"I think if you are protesting against a decision on economy then it should not be done in a way that causes economic losses," Chidambaram told reporters.

Protesters supporting the nationwide strike took to streets across India on Thursday as train services were hit badly from blockades while few public transport was seen on the streets in most states and their capital cities.

Shops, schools and office establishments were closed in many states.

The bandh was more forceful in BJP ruled states like Gujarat and Karnataka.

Life was hit in West Bengal owing to a 12-hour shutdown called by the Left parties like the CPI-M while the BJP supporters hit the streets as well and even clashed with the ruling Trinamool Congress activists.

Violence broke out in parts of West Bengal with unsavoury incidents reported from Cooch Behar.

In Cooch Behar in north Bengal, alleged Trinamool Congress supporters were caught on TV footage beating up supporters, including women activists, of SUCI (Socialist Unity Centre of India), a communist party outside the Left Front group.

A red flag waving SUCI activist trying to stop a bus from plying in Cooch Behar town was seen being assaulted and removed from the road by men waving Trinamool party flags who cleared the road for the vehicles.

BJP alleged that their supporters were attacked by the Trinamool Congress in Howrah.

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.

India´s financial hub Mumbai, life was however not much hit. Owing to Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the opposition parties like the Sena groups and BJP did not disrupt life.

In Chennai, the ruling AIADMK did not participate in the strike and so life was not much affected.

DMK, an ally of UPA, however supported the strike in Tamil Nadu.

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