GUWAHATI, Dec 8 - The Bharat Bandh called by farm union leaders evoked mixed response in Assam. While it did not hit rail services, other public transport was affected in many places, including upper Assam where response from traders was partial. In Guwahati, the response was mixed, as traders kept shops closed in certain localities and vehicular traffic was below normal. Banks were open in the city.
The effect was more in western Assam districts like Goalpara and Dhubri. Even though government offices were open, they recorded thin attendance. However, there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere. The bandh was backed by thirteen Opposition parties in the State, including the Congress and other organisations.
Demonstrations were held by Left organisations at the CPI office at Rajgarh in the city. The AICCTU organised a protest rally at Noonmati.