The state BJP on Thursday described the bandh in the state as a success, despite the attempts of the Trinamool Congress government and the police to foil it.
Claiming that the people have made the bandh a success, BJP president Rahul Sinha said: “I want to thank the people who had made the bandh such a success. We had reduced the 12-hour strike to 10 as an IPL match was scheduled for Kolkata today. Looking at the response, I can only say this is the beginning. We will hold more such protests against the anti-people policies of the state government.”
“Trinamool supporters have attacked our workers and razed our offices. I leave it to the people to decide what they want in next year’s state Assembly elections… This bandh was a warning to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that people are waking up to protest against her misrule,” he added.
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Addressing mediapersons, Sinha said he owed a lot to the people. “This was a strike of the common people who have decided to reply to Trinamool’s atrocities. I have never seen such a bandh. We had particularly instructed our workers not to force anyone to shut shops,” he added.
Singh claimed that around 1,500 BJP workers were and 25 injured in violence unleashed by the Trinamool. “Two of our workers from Deganga and Asansol were severely injured and had to be hospitalised after they were attacked. The police are behaving like Trinamool cadres. The only thing missing was policemen partaking in TMC’s rallies with party flags and raising slogans,” he said.
Claiming that the public transport system was forced to operate on Thursday, Sinha said: “Though the chief minister had threatened government workers with dire consequences if they did not come to work today, attendance at all government organisations was minimal.”