Guwahati: Commuters in Guwahati waiting for public transport services to reach their workplaces today morning, felt the heat of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The trade body was protesting against the ‘draconian’ rules of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The Bandh will remain for 12 hours across all establishments of India.
The effect of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ was visible as the movement of public transport was scarce with all business establishments, shops shut. The ‘bandh’ has been supported by the Assam Chamber of Commerce (ACC), which is affiliated with the CAIT.
Nearly 40, 000 trade associations, which represent eight crore traders of the country, have extended support to the Bharat Bandh call given by the CAIT. The CAIT said in a release that the traders will stage dharnas (protests) at as many as 1,500 places across the nation on February 26, demanding the Centre, state governments and the GST Council to keep in abeyance the “draconian” provisions of GST.