Buses will run in Goa despite bandh

The Bharat bandh called on Thursday is not expected to cause any impact on Ganesh Chaturthi festivities in the state as buses will run as usual. A BJP leader conceded that the party's rank and file in Goa will be busy soaking in the joy and warmth of the festival. P 3From P 1

"How can we disturb people on the festive occasion and ask them to desist from their prayers and come out on the streets," the source said. Thursday is the peak festival period.

The bandh call also elicited a negative response from all Goa private bus owners association, who have decided not to support the bandh. "We don't want to put commuters participating in the festivities into hardship," an association office bearer said.

NDA had urged people to support the nationwide bandh protesting the hike in diesel prices and restriction of LPG gas cylinders to six per family. [TOI]