The bandh called by opposition parties on Monday against the rising fuel prices is set to affect public transport in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka.
This comes after various transport associations came forward in support of the strike.
Services by all state-run transport corporations – BMTC, KSRTC, NWKRTC, NEKRTC, - is set to be affected after the KSRTC Staff and Workers Association offered to support the bandh. The association is backed by the All-India Trade Union Congress.
Metro services in Bengaluru will operate as usual on Monday while taxi drivers are divided over call for the bandh. Tanveer Pasha, President of the Ola TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers' Association, said that taxi drivers will support the drive but his call is not supported by all taxi associations.
"“Increase in fuel prices has had a huge impact on the transport industry. But we can’t take a sudden decision without consulting all associations and MNC vendors,” said K Radhakrishna Holla, president, Bangalore Tourist Taxi Operators’ Association, speaking to Times of India.
A few schools in the city meanwhile have taken the decision to postpone exams slated for September 10. However, auto unions are yet to take a decision on the strike.
Meanwhile, in a press conference in Mangaluru, Congress leader Ivan D'Souza claimed that as many as 28 organisations in Dakshina Kannada will be supporting the bandh on Monday.
A procession is planned from Hampankatta Circle to the District Commissioner's Office on the day. "Bus and autorickshaw workers’, drivers’ and owners’ associations, maxi cab owners’ and drivers’ associations, Forum For Justice, beedi workers’ associations and various labour unions have supported the bandh", Ivan said speaking to The Hindu.