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08 January 2020

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: The nationwide strike has evoked mixed feelings among people in the Odisha capital.

While many have welcomed the bandh as a response to spiraling prices of essential commodities like potatoes and onions and fuel despite being inconvenienced, some claimed that they had no idea of it and now feel harassed because of the difficulties faced by them.

OMMCOM NEWS spoke to some passengers at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Baramunda here to know their feelings on the bandh. Here are the excerpts:

"Bharat bandh is a welcome step since prices of everything have gone up. What are we going to eat? We will die very soon," said Abdul, a man at the Baramunda ISBT.

"Prices are spiraling. I have heard that bandh has been called against the rising price of potatoes, onions. This is a good thing. It's good for all of us," said Debraj another passenger who had to go to Jashipur.

"No, we didn't have any idea. Suddenly after arriving here from Bhilai, we came to know that today is Bharat bandh," said a woman who had come from Bhilai.

"This strike is against spiraling of prices. Though we are facing some difficulties we welcome it. We are very happy," said Sanjay Sahu, another person at the bus stand

"I had no idea. After alighting here I came to know that today is Bharat bandh," said Prem Pal, an old woman in her 60s who had alighted from a bus.

"I am here since morning. I had to go to Cuttack for appearing an interview. Yes I am facing difficulty," said Debendra Dehury, a youth who felt stranded and dejected.

"Yesterday we came to know about the bandh but by then we had boarded the bus. How can I support this bandh when it is causing difficulties to the people," said another man in his late 50s.