Bandh was called off in Madhya Pradesh by the Congress on Thursday to protest against the state government on the infamous Vyapam scam.
Most of the shops were closed in Bhopal, Jabalpur and Gwalior while in Indore, the bandh had a partial effect.
Congress and BJP workers confronted each other at Rajwada area of Indore. Heavy police force was present there to avoid any unpleasant situation.
Congress workers reached the most popular markets at various places across the state to appeal to traders to keep their shops closed.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh too reached Bhopal in the morning and reached New Market area of the state capital. He made an appeal to shopkeepers to close their shops.
Other senior leaders including leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare, Congress state president Arun Yadav and others were on the streets to ensure a peaceful bandh.
Leader of Oppostion Satyadev Katare alleged police and administration were working on directions of the BJP leaders.
“At several places shopkeepers closed their shops willingly but police threatened them to open their shops,” said Katare.
In Ujjain, school education minister Paras Jain had his breakfast at a restaurant to prove that all shops were open and the bandh had no impact in Ujjain.
There were no reports of any untoward incident till filing of this report. Congress was in a fix after receiving the high court order to ensure the bandh is peaceful.
Educational institutions and emergency services were kept out of bandh but a few educational institutions chose to close the institutions for the day to avoid any nuisance to the students.