Amid news of sporadic violence from different parts of the state in connection to the 12-hour bandh called by Left Front, its Chairman Biman Bose on Thursday thanked the people for “braving against all attacks from the ruling Trinamool and making the strike a huge success”.
Bose, who led a rally of senior leaders in Kolkata on Thursday, told mediapersons: “I have received reports from all districts that the bandh has been a great success. I have watched TV and seen that Trinamool ‘bike brigade’ was going around saying shopowbers to open shops.”
He added: “Some BA, BSc and BCom examinations were due today. Those were deferred owing to the bandh but following a circular from Nabanna (state secretariat), the universities held the exams today itself, causing inconvenience to examinees.”
Even if one person was not able to sit for the exams and moved court, who will take responsibility, Bose asked.
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He also alleged that Trinamool, with the help of the police and the administration, has done everything to foil the bandh. “In Siliguri, Behrampore, Howrah, Asansol and Kasba area in Kolkata, TMC has unleashed violence on Left workers and police have arrested the victims of the atrocity. Our party offices have been razed. Even at Nabanna, only one minister have turned up. Attendance of other officials was also sparse,” he said.
Claiming that public buses plied with very few passengers as the state paid for its fuel, Bose claimed: “Private buses plied for sometime but were later taken off roads because there were hardly any commuters.”
He alleged a post-result analysis has found out that while in several booths, the Left has not even received a single vote, in many others, the number of votes have not reached the double figure. “Looking at the success of the bandh, the Left has decided to hit the streets to build up an opposition to the prevailing tyranny. There will be more such movements and the roadmap will be decided upon very shortly,” said Bose.