Left Front Chairman Biman Bose, after a meeting with 17 Left Front parties at party headquarters in Alimuddin Street, said that they would support the all-India strike called by central trade unions on September 2. He added that the Left parties in the state had also planned a number of activities ahead of the strike.
Reminded that the state government had always opposed strikes, Bose said, “The strike had been called to protest against the anti-people policies and laws of the Centre. It is up to the state government now to clear its stand. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had resorted to several attempts to foil strikes, but now she should clear whether she supported the Centre’s anti-people policies or not.”
Bose said that from August 4 to 10, Left workers across the state would hold meetings to spread awareness about the strike. In rural areas, the meetings would be held at marketplaces, whereas in urban areas they would be at important crossings.
For August 15, human chain protests have been planned. Left workers plan to organise sit-in demonstrations on August 23. The Kolkata District Left Front, on August 31, are planning to put up two processions from north and south Kolkata. The processions would converge at Subodh Mullick Square.
“We request people to reschedule their travel via bus and train so that they do not arrive at railway stations or depart on September 2,” Bose said.