I left Hazaribagh on Saturday evening with my eight-year-old granddaughter to attend a family wedding in Ara. We remained stranded at Jehanabad from 3.30am, as the bus did not move further. We somehow managed to reach Patna by 12.30pm and now we would go further by train. Bandhs like this are mere political stunts, which just cause inconvenience to common people like me
Employee of Jharkhand state government at Mithapur bus stand
I support the demand for special status because the state needs aid for its speedy development but bandh has never been a solution to any problem. Even the Supreme Court has put a ban on bandhs. It acts as a counter-development activity and involves no productivity at all.
I could not attend my coaching classes in the morning because there were no autorickshaws on the streets. Though I do not know much about the special status issue, for which the bandh was called today, I think it has become a political gimmick being taken up by parties one after the other.
I am totally opposed to any kind of shutdown. For the second time in three days the movement of trains went haywire. All political parties are trying to cash in on the special status issue to fulfil their selfish motives. But I would like to ask them why are they harassing the common people for their self-interest. Bandhs like these in their own city (Patna) would not have any effect on the central government.
Professor-in-charge, department of environment and water management, AN College
I support the demand for according special status to Bihar but causing inconvenience to people through bandhs like these are not at all fair. It looked like the city was under curfew. I expect more responsible action from the state government than causing discom fort to people.
Upendra Kumar Paswan
Radio jockey, Aakhshwani, Patna
My relatives faced a lot of troubles because of the bandh. One of my sisters could not come to Patna from Ara. A brother of mine could not go to Delhi as the train movement was affected because of the bandh. I agree to the demand for special status to Bihar being raised by chief minister Nitish Kumar but common people had to face a lot troubles, which could have been avoided.
Md. Misbah Ullah