Mumbai : Trade associations in Mumbai and Maharashtra have called for a voluntary shutdown in the wholesale market on Monday as a mark of respect to Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray.

This will give some relief to the common man who faced much hardship on Sunday due to closure of retail shops, food eateries and groceries. He will be relieved that the retail sector will be open on Monday.

Incidentally, the Shiv Sena has denied having called a shutdown in the wholesale market. “The shutdown call is purely voluntary. We have not called for any kind of bandh,” party spokesperson Anil Parab said.

Auto rickshaws and taxis are expected to ply on Monday, if calm prevails.

Incidentally, various bus owners’ associations of the city and state have also said that they won’t ply their vehicles on Monday. Attendance in educational institutions, including schools and colleges, may therefore be hit. However, the school managements have not taken any decision to close institutions.

Public transport, including city buses and local trains, will ply as usual throughout the city and state.

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