Trinamool, AIADMK, BJD stay away from bandh
New Delhi: Three major parties ruling the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Tamil Nadu did not participate in on Thursday's nationwide bandh by the Opposition despite criticising the Centre's policy on FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel price hike and cap on LPG subsidy.
Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, which has already annnounced withdrawal of support to the UPA protesting against these measures, stayed away from the agitation describing the 'bandh' culture as the "CPI(M)'s failure, frustration and political bankruptcy."
Banerjee said that her government was contemplating to bring strong legislation against vandalism of public transport during bandhs.
In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK did not participate in the bandh called by its archrival and UPA constituent DMK as well as Left and BJP.
In Odisha, BJP and Left enforced the bandh while the ruling Biju Janta Dal refrained from participating in it. BJD had parted ways from BJP in the run-up to the 2009 general elections.
BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, however, scotched speculation of his party supporting the UPA government. Naveen Patnaik's party has grown in the state espousing anti-Congressism.