The bandh has been called in Tamil Nadu due to on going Cauvery water dispute. The shutdown was called by the opposition parties and traders in Tamil Nadu, demanding river water.
Through the bandh, which was also being seen as part of protest, Tamils asked for strict action against attacks on their property in Karnataka. Though the shutdown is receiving mix response.
While the industries, including factories, IT companies, private and government offices were operating, people who have announced the bandh say that the loss due to the shut down would be over Rs 20,000 crore since shops are shut and lorries are not operating.
The bandh was called by traders, political parties, including the ruling party's rival DMK, and other parties. DMK leader M K Stalin led the protest at Egmore and blocked trains. Stalin and Kanimozhi arrested during protest.
Barring the ruling AIADMK party, which is silent on extending support to the strike, all other major political parties have extended their support.