Kolkata: Slamming the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool government opposition leader Surya Kant Mishra on Tuesday accused the government of betraying the common people by scrapping their fundamental right to protest.
Mishra, addressing the media at Alimuddin Street said that no matter how tough the state goes the bandh will take place. Calling the strike a necessity to protect the interest of common people and the working class, Mishra urged people to extend their support.
The CPM leader said that the bandh is to highlight the crushing price rise and the atrocities heaped on the workers. He accused Trinamool of chest thumping and circulating fake statistics of development while workers are losing jobs owing to the closure of many mills and factories.
Surya Kant Mishra also accused the police of acting on Trinamool pay roll, he warned supporters not to step on police provocation and urged them to maintain discipline.
State government on the other hand is bent on foiling the bandh. The government had earlier declared that additional buses will ply on September 2 and made it mandatory for the government employees to report on work. CM Mamata Banerjee is also reportedly mulling an insurance cover to the vehicles damaged during the strike.