Kolkata: The left trade unions have called for a nationwide transport strike of 24 hours on Thursday 30 April. Also the left parties have called for a general strike in the state for 12 hours. Also the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has called for a General strike on Thursday.
The life of the state will be brought almost to a standstill due to the strike though West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee has said that the administration will take every step so make the Bandh unsuccessful.
CITU leaders said, “Strike is the right of the labour class people. The TMC will be taking the help of the state administration in curbing the strike.”
She has said that if any government employee takes a holiday on Thursday it won’t be considered as a leave. The employee’s salary will be deducted.
The government has also decided not to cancel the College and University examinations which were to be held on Thursday. The CITU leaders have declared that they will be exempting the examinees and the examination centres from the strike. CITU leader Shyamal Chakraborty said, “We advise the students to stay somewhere close to the examination centre on the night before the bandh. The Government doesn’t think about the students. If she would have been concerned about the students then she would have postponed the examinations.”
Mamata has maintained asked TMC workers and supporters to take the roads to oppose the Bandh, though she has asked her party members not to use any force to curb the bandh. The administration will also be taking steps to make the bandh unsuccessful.