The Bharat bandh canvas got enlarged, and unexpected support!
Ten central trade unions had called for a national general strike to protest against the Modi government's anti-labour policies, disinvestment and privatisation of public sector units. But, things turned out pretty differently !
Ironically, as the trade unions were protesting against disinvestment and privatisation, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, gave 'in principle' approval for strategic disinvestment of equity shareholding of Minerals & Metals Trading Corporation Limited (MMTC) (49.78%), National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) (10.10%), MECON (0.68%) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) (0.68%) and two Odisha State Government PSUs namely; Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd.(IPICOL) (12.00%) and Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) (20.47%) in Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited (NINL) to a strategic buyer, identified through a two-stage auction procedure. NINL is a Joint Venture company, in which four CPSEs namely MMTC, NMDC, BHEL and MECON and 2 State PSUs of Odisha Government, namely IPICOL and OMC are shareholders.