Kolkata: CITU state chief Shyamal Chakraborty today accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of planning to let loose violence in the state in the garb of ‘Singur Divas’ and challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to foil their strike tomorrow.
“TMC is planning to let loose violence across the state tomorrow under the garb of Singur Divas. What was the need to organise Singur Divas when a strike has been called on that day? The intention is clear. They want to let loose violence across the state,” he alleged.
Trinamool Congress had yesterday announced to celebrate ‘Singur Divas’ across the state on September 2 following the Supreme Court’s verdict setting aside acquisition of 997.11 acres of land at Singur in 2006 by the then Left Front government for Tata Motors’ Nano car manufacturing plant.
“We challenge the Chief Minister and her government to foil the strike. Their diktats and circulars are completely against the law. They can’t foil a strike, it is completely illegal. The people of the state will give a befitting reply,” Chakraborty claimed.
On Banerjee’s announcement on compensation for damages to shops and vehicles during the strike tomorrow, he alleged, “This is actually a ploy. They will let loose their goons and cause violence and put the blame on us. If they try to foil the strike forcefully, they will face resistance.”
Opposing the country-wide strike tomorrow called by central trade unions, Banerjee today said her government will take strongest action against “miscreants” who try to disrupt public life and will ensure compensation for any damage to shops or vehicles.
All central trade unions including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF had given a one-day national general strike call on September 2 to protest the Modi government’s “unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies”.