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Kolkata: The 48-hour taxi strike in Kolkata called by two CPM-backed unions failed to evoke a response on the day-one itself.

West Bengal Taxi Workers Federation and the App Cab Operators and Drivers Union had called the strike from today 6 August morning. Both yellow taxis and app cabs were under the purview of the strike.

However, right from the morning, the yellow taxis hit the streets like other days. App cabs too were available on the tap of a mobile phone.

This is despite that the strike was called demanding scrapping of the hefty fine provided for in the new Motor Vehicles Act, an increase in fare for yellow taxis, reduction in commission that Ola, Uber charge from drivers, and an end to harassment of drivers by police.

The leaders of the two unions blamed the Trinamool-backed Progressive Taxi Men’s Union for foiling the strike. They alleged that the Trinamool union issued a diktat last night to all drivers not to participate in the strike.

Today’s development has made it clear that CPI-M no longer enjoys the support of the taxi drivers and operators of Kolkata.