Kolkata: A six-hour general strike by Left in West Bengal evoked lukewarm response on Friday as people came out in numbers on the streets while public transport was available in the city and suburbs amid tight security arrangements.
Accusing the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress of throttling democracy and unleashing massive violence on opposition party workers to prevent them from filing nominations for next month’s panchayat (rural) polls, the 16 Left parties and associates had called the six-hour strike in the state that started at 6 a.m.
Those parties convening the strike included all partners of the erstwhile rulers CPI-M led Left Front. However, it was business as usual in the cities of Kolkata and Howrah where thousands of office goers hit the streets as the day progressed.
The districts also remained largely active barring stray incidents of unrest in some places like West Bardhaman district’s Durgapur where the strike supporters tried to put up road blockades and clashed with the police.