Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Tuesday asked political parties not to resort to bandhs
as a mode of protest and said a legislation is required to
counter bandhs, strikes and blockades.
Admitting that Trinamool Congress also resorted to bandhs
and blockades in the past, the chief minister told the
Assembly that this culture should be discarded in the interest
of overall development of the state.
Though such protest is a democratic right, Banerjee said
it should not be "misused".
The right could very well be exercised by other means
without disrupting the development process, she added.
The chief minister had recently expressed anguish at
tea-garden workers resorting to strike in north Bengal and
said a legislation is required to counter bandhs, strikes and
Banerjee said her party had discarded the path of bandh
two years ago and now she is appealing to all political
parties to accept her suggestion.