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As the nation reels under the effects of demonetisation, Left parties on Friday called for a 12-hour general strike in West Bengal on November 28 to protest against the increasing hardships being faced by masses across the country, following the Centre’s decision to invalidate high-value currency notes.
The meeting was held at the CPI-M headquarters, Muzaffar Bhavan. The parties which attended the meeting include, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Nationalist Congress Party.
Banks, ATMs, health services, milk distribution will be exempted from the strike, which would be a part of the nationwide ‘Akrosh Diwas’ (anger day)’ called by the opposition parties to protest against the demonetisation.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refrained from supporting the strike. “In Delhi at the meeting of Opposition parties, a Bandh was never discussed or agreed to. We do not support any Bandh called,” she wrote on Twitter.
“People are suffering so I appeal to all to help citizens and stand by them at this hour of crisis,” she added.
With inputs from agencies