Kolkata: Expressing her government`s resolve
to keep life normal in West Bengal during the 24-hour
nationwide general strike on Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Monday warned of steps, including break in service, in
case of absence from duty by state employees.
Assuring of steps to keep life normal during the strike
tomorrow, Banerjee said that the state government`s measures
had been intimated to the Calcutta High Court also.
"I will appeal to the people not to respond to the strike
and to attend offices as usual as steps have been taken to run
trains, trams, buses," she told a TV channel.
"Trinamool Congress will not take to streets tomorrow to
counter strike. My government will not allow any forcible
closure of shops and offices," she said, asking pro-strike
processions not to block roads.
The chief minister asked government employees to attend
duty as usual tomorrow, and warned of action, including a
break in service as per rules in the event of absence, and
asked transport operators to ply vehicles to facilitate
Calling for an end to politics of bandh which causes
enormous loss to the state exchequer, Banerjee said, "We also
called bandhs when we were in the opposition in the past, but
but later realised its futility. We think people have forgiven
us for correcting ourselves for calling bandhs which were also
She said that her government would no longer allow any
bandh politics in the state which witnessed state-sponsored
shutdowns in the past.
Lashing out at the CPI(M) and Left parties for choosing
the "politics of bandhs", Mamata said, "They have taken up the
weapon of bandhs as a life-long method in the last 35 years."