17 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to show solidarity with jawans martyred in the Pulwama terror attack, Odisha traders association has supported the Bharat Bandh call on Monday. Total 18 states across the country will observe trade bandh on the day, sources said.
Secretary of Odisha traders’ association Sudhakar Panda said that the trade strike will be observed across the State. All commercial markets will remain closed on February 18 and there would be no business transactions for 12 hours between 6 am and 6 pm, he added.
In a statement, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said commercial markets will remain closed and there will be no business activity. CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said during the bandh traders would observe a day long fast and take out a tribute march in their respective states.
The association said that the Bharat Trade Bandh across the country will be peaceful and only business establishments will remain closed. Essential items and public transport have been kept out of bandh.