A combined opposition parties call for a protest day of "non-action" in the Indian State of Maharashtra on Wednesday (15 October) has failed.
GV Texas on strike, stationary at ranks, in Bombay, India. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV INT Bombay station.
GV Trains running. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN People with luggage walking from station to horse drawn transport. (3 SHOTS)
SV Horse-drawn carriage pulls away with customer.
GV PAN Street scene showing some shops closed.
GV PAN Bus, with crowds running to catch them.
GV PAN Police with buses in background
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Background: A combined opposition parties call for a protest day of "non-action" in the Indian State of Maharashtra on Wednesday (15 October) has failed. The six-party Left and Democratic Front opposition promoted the stoppage as a demonstration against what they see as the failure of the government.
SYNOPSIS: Only taxis responded to the call for the halt to public activity. But while they stayed parked in their ranks, other public transport, on which success of the action depended, was running normally. Local trains and buses ran freely in Bombay on strike day but not even that full service was needed because many offices had declared a holiday to avoid inconvenience to employees.
The absence of taxis did cause disruption for incoming rail passengers, although horse-drawn carriages, locally known as Victorias, came to the rescue for some.
For those who used the service, the higher cost of the carriage ride had its novelty compensation.
Not all businesses were closed, although some put up the shutters, fearing violence or damage. Protest targets included rising prices of essential goods, the Preventive Detention Ordinance, mistreatment of women, and deteriorating law and order. Authorities believe their administration and strict controls were the reason the campaign flopped. In the days leading up to strike day, security police had detained some seven hundred people they described as "bad characters".