Kolkata: The BJP on Wednesday criticised Trinamool Congress for opposing the party-sponsored 12-hour `Bengal bandh` on Thursday called to protest steep hike in petrol price and charged it with adopting "double-standards" on the issue.
"We found that even ministers of UPA partner Trinamool Congress took to the road in the city to protest petrol price hike. The same party announced measures to counter the BJP-sponsored bandh called on the same issue", state BJP Secretary Ritesh Tiwari said in a statement.
Criticising the state government`s circular to its employees against absence from duty on Thursday and cautioning salary-cut, Tiwari said, "we have no hesitation to call these steps as fascist action".
"It is condemnable that the state government is bent upon gagging democracy, for which the previous Left Front government had learnt bitter lessons and had to pay for", he said.
During the BJP-sponsored statewide bandh, called in response to the NDA`s nationwide bandh call on Thursday, the party workers would resort to road blockade programmes and take out processions all over West Bengal, he said.