Virudhunagar BANDH & UNNAVIRATHAM
Virudhunagar people had united beyond caste & religion and showed the municipal administration & tamilnadu government that people can’t live without water, road, adequate transport and proper sanitation.
The chamber of commerce & consumer forum had taken excellent effort in roping through nearly 50 different organizations to participate in the Bandh & Unnaviratham. The President & Secretary of the chamber of commerce Mr.VVS Yogan & Mr.VR Muthu had walked through the bazzar asking shops and people to participate. The mills and factory were also requested to close down which usually runs on bandhs. Small scale industries president Mr. SPGC Brinda had requested all the industries to close down in support of the bandh.
The other major participants were auto drivers and load men. Theses group of people are the most affected. Innarsimuthu the load man sangam president had given full support. The auto drivers have been getting more money but still run in debit and also get scoldings from people.. So no way out .. They had completely participation. The two ends of the spectrum – Owners & Workers – had joined hands for a cause. I think it’s the first time in VNR.
This was a non political bandh so no one is going to shout or break properties if the shops are going to open. Despite VNR people put up their hands to loss their days profit and participate in the bandh & unnaviratham for OUR OWN RIGHTS. Almost all people beyond caste & religion people participated in the bandh & unnaviratham, few petite shops were open. All most all industries closed down.
The Chairman had given a 4 page notice about what she has done for virudhunagar in the past 3 years. It was a utter non sense, I guess VNR people should be blind to be-live it. Around the bus stand few Islamic community & few vendors in the market was forced to keep the shop open by the chairman’s cheap politics. The people of KKSSR kept their business open. Of the major people expect those of karikol & KKSR , Burma hotel was open ! They were to supply the juice for finishing the unnaviratham. The person who had donated the fruits will be unhappy, as the juice was not accepted and was returned. Burma hotel is synonyms with virudhunagar. Many of our favourite hotel, including mine. It was disheartening to see they did not stand by the people and yielded to the pressure from rowdy turned politicians.
Over all it was it was a united show to the municipality and state government that VNR needs to be saved.
It was a bandh FOR the people by the people.
Hope the state government hears these cries and take need action to make virudhunagar compatible for life.
Photos attached; Askash News clip attached.