At a time when Mumbai came to a grinding halt due to railway motormen strike and the issue rocked Parliament,Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee chose to stay at home in Kolkata and plan her strategy against the Congress and Left in the upcoming municipal polls. She remained indoors in her Kalighat residence throughout Tuesday and did not have a word to say on the issue to the media.
Sources close to Banerjee said she was busy overseeing the process of filing of nominations for the municipal elections. She was scheduled to go to Delhi later in the evening but decided to cancel the trip.
During the day,before the strike was called off,Banerjee received calls from Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and other leaders from the Capital. Chavan urged her to take stern measures against the striking motormen and find a way out of the impasse.
Sources also said she was in regular contact with Sudip Bandopadhaya,the leader of the Trinamool parliamentary party,over the proceedings in the House and how and what they should say inside the House as well as to the media.