Foil strike, I will guard you, says Mamata

While the Centre has taken to the path of negotiations to prevent the general strike called by trade unions on February 20-21, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken the bandh call "seriously" and exhorted people to foil it.

"I will guard you. You must foil this strike as it will lead to your ruin. I will compensate those who suffer damage at the hands of the people indulging in the strike. I am not taking this bandh casually but I am taking it seriously. I will see to it that Bengal remains normal on those two days," Mamata said at a rally at Diamond Harbour.

The rally was organised to mark the foundation-laying of eastern India's first women's university in Diamond Harbour. Along with announcing a series of developmental programmes, she also announced the setting up of a Rs 1,332 crore project to provide potable drinking water for the district.

Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra today issued a circular, similar to the one issued on the eve of the CPM-sponsored bandh on September 20 last year, which clearly specified that all government employees would have to report for duty on the two days and no leave would be granted. It also mentioned that any attempt of forcible stopping of work on the two days would be dealt with severely.

In West Bengal, while the central trade unions have called for a strike on February 20, it has called only an industrial strike on February 21 because of Bhasha Divas that is celebrated all over the state.

Writers' Buildings, the state government secretariat, today witnessed vigorous campaigning both in favour of and against the bandh by the Coordination Committee of State Government Employees affiliated to the CPM and United State Government Employees' Federation affiliated with Trinamool Congress.

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.