Nearly eighty five per cent trucks remained off roads in Gujarat on Saturday on the sixth day of the nationwide truckers' strike even as state transport associations vowed to continue thier agitation till their demands are met.
"The call for the 'chakka jaam' continues as the government has not responded to any of our demands yet. Our national leader has been arrested and we are awaiting a dialogue from him before a decision on the strike call can be taken," Akhil Gujarat Truck Transport Association (AGTTA) Mukesh Dave told PTI.
AIMTC President Charan Singh Lohara and Secretary S Venugopal, along with 30 other leaders were arrested on Friday by the Delhi police, while more state governments took action under the Essential Services Maintenance Act in tandem with the Centre to break the agitation.
The Gujarat government had invoked Essential Services Maintainance Act (ESMA) against striking truckers on Thursday night after the stir affected operations at cotton and groundnut wholesale markets in Saurashtra region and milk processing dairy cooperatives in north Gujarat although supply of essential commodities continued in all other parts of the state as per assurances given by the transport associations. Essential commodities have been exempted from strike and trucks engaged in transportation of vegetables, milk and medicines have been kept off from the agitation, Dave said. Also, the Transport Commissioner held a meeting with the delegation of truckers and "they have assured that those engaged in transportation of essential commodities will be spared," Port and Transport Department secretary HK Das said.