The Labour Union, Traders Association, Youth and Students Organisations affiliated to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have expressed support for the call for Bharath bandh given by the Opposition parties at the Centre, in protest against the recent fuel price hike effected by the Congress-led UPA Govt. and against the spiralling prices.

Most of the Opposition parties including the BJP, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, JD(U), CPI(M), CPI, Forward Block, RSP, AIADMK, PMK, MDMK, TDP, BJD, JD(S), AGP, Akali Dal and INLD have expressed their support for the bandh.

Mayor's appeal

Speaking to Star of Mysore, Mayor Sandesh Swamy who is in Bangalore, said, "Mysore is a peaceful city and it has always been so. The people of Mysore are very tolerant and they do not indulge in protests. But the hike of petrol, diesel, kerosene and LPG prices will badly affect the daily life of the people."

"The Centre does not seem to have taken the common man into account. There will be a peaceful protest tomorrow. Yet I appeal to all the organisations who have come forward to protest, not to damage property of this heritage city. They should remember that Mysore is known for its peace-loving people," the Mayor said.

City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, speaking to SOM, said that every possible contingency has been thought of and arrangements are in place to prevent any untoward incidents.

Bus services

KSRTC Divisional Controller Srinivas told SOM that the bandh call would not affect bus services.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that all measures have been taken to see that water, milk and power supply are not disrupted and essential services like hospitals, pharmacy etc. are not affected.

Meanwhile, the City JD(S) has announced that it will stage a protest at the city’s K.R. Circle at 9.30 am tomorrow under the leadership of City JD(S) President K.T. Cheluvegowda.

The Mysore District Lorry Owners Association President B. Kodandaramu has declared that goods transport will be stopped.

Hotels to remain closed: The Mysore Hotel Owners' Association has decided to close all the hotels, restaurants and eateries in the city. Assn. President Rajendra told SOM that the recent hike in prices of petroleum products was unjustified.

"Bandh uncalled for": A noted linguist and scholar who did not wish to be identified told SOM, "These bandhs serve no purpose. There are other platforms to protest against fuel price hike. The common man is not aware about the economic intricacies of fuel price hike. This subject is best left to economists."

No holiday for schools: DDPI Nagendra Kumar said that no holiday has been declared for the schools in the district.

However, the heads of educational institutions are free to announce holiday for their respective institutions in the general interest of the students, using the provision of discretionary holidays (four days an year), he said.

Theatres cancel two shows: The screening of morning and matinee film shows in all theatres of the city have been cancelled. However, there will be evening and night shows as usual, said Mysore City Film Exhibitors Assn. Secy. Rajaram.

Evaluation postponed: The evaluation work of Mysore University Economics (degree) answer papers, scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed by a day.

Teachers counselling on July 7: Counselling for appointment of High School teachers for Mandya, Chamrajanagar and Udupi Districts, scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed to July 7.

Cancer clinic: The cancer detection clinic at Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology has been postponed.

Travel Agents Association Secretary S. Ashok has said that they would suspend operation during day time tomorrow.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore