Govt won’t allow bandh

BJP,Left ask why the double standard.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 20, 2012 3:01:46 am

BJP,Left ask why the double standard

In a bid to distance herself from the Left-BJP’s Thursday bandh against the diesel price hike and FDI in multi-brand retail,Trinamool Congress chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed the “culture of strikes” and said her government will not allow the bandh to happen in West Bengal.

Speaking to mediapersons at Writers’ Buildings in Kolkata,Mamata said: “We will not allow the forcible strike to take place. The strike cannot bring solution. It will add to the misery of the people and lose Rs 1,737 crore for a day’s strike.Three years ago,we decided that we will never call a strike and we will also not allow the strike to be successful.”

“The bandh culture was brought to Bengal by the Left parties. This bandh is only a political stunt and it will never help in any cause,” she added.

The government,meanwhile,issued a circular asking the government staff to join office on Thursday and that they won’t be allowed any leave.

Both the Left and the BJP questioned the Chief Minister’s logic and asked her to join the bandh if she was sincere in opposing the fuel price hike and the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders as well as FDI in retail.

Surya Kanta Mishra,leader of th opposition in state assembly said,“The issue on which our Chief Minister has withdrawn support from the UPA government,on the same issue,we have called the general strike. It is peculiar that she is opposing the striking. The strike will be spontaneous tomorrow. The strike will remain peaceful if the state government does not try to break it and force anything,” said CPM leader Surya Kanta Mishra.

Terming the Chief Minister’s opposition to Thursday’s bandh as “double standard”,Mishra said the Left Front was more serious than Mamata on the twin issues of price hike and FDI.

The BJP asked the Trinamool to join the bandh if the party was honest in its stand. “If the Trinamool is really sincere in its opposition to the Central policies,Mamata should also join the bandh. All political parties,except the Congress,have extended their support to the bandh in Bengal and we want the Trinamool to be with us also,” said BJP state president Rahul Sinha.

While the Left Front has called a12-hour bandh in West Bengal,the BJP has called a 24-hour nationwide bandh on Thursday.

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