New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) The nation-wide bandh called by 13 non-NDA and non-UPA parties today to protest against price rise paralysed normal life and hit air and rail services in Left-ruled West Bengal and Kerala while it evoked a partial response in some states.
The 12-hour Bharat Bandh that ended at 6 pm had some impact in Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkand. Normalcy prevailed in Delhi and in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu barring sporadic protests.
Besides the four Left parties, the 13-party grouping which gave the call for the bandh consists of AIADMK, BJD, SP, RJD, TDP, RLD, LJP, JD-S and INLD. The grouping is pressing for a roll-back in the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and fertiliser.
Roads in West Bengal and Kerala where educational institutions and offices were closed wore a deserted