Kolkata: As several opposition parties, including Congress, gear up to organise a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on September 10 to corner the government over various issues, the Trinamool Congress on Friday said that it would hold protest rallies in West Bengal because it was against strikes. It reasoned that such bandhs lead to a waste of working hours. However, it added that it supported the issues raised by the opposition parties.
Speaking to reporters, Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said that such strikes would hamper the development of the state and hence the party was against it. As per news agency IANS, he said, “We support the issues raised by them. But at the same time, we do not want to waste another working day, especially when our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to build a new Bengal. This kind of strike or bandh will certainly stop progress and lead to loss of earnings for the state’s people.”
Chatterjee said that instead of participating in the bandh, the party would organise a protests march in the heart of Kolkata that will start from Moulalli Crossing in Central Kolkata and end at Dorina Crossing in the Esplanade area. He said, “All TMC district units are advised to hold similar rallies and organise street corner meetings in their respective places.”
Meanwhile, the state government also issued a directive to all its employees on Friday that no casual leave or any other leave would be granted on September, when several political parties would observe Bharat Bandh. A Times of India report stated that directive mentioned that show-cause notice would be issued to the employees who remain absent on Monday. All state government office would remain open for business on Monday, the directive mentioned.
However, a leave would be granted to an employee if he or she has been hospitalized, or suffering from severe illness, if there is bereavement in family and for those employees who continue to be on leave from prior to September 7. Employees who are on childcare leave, maternity leave, medical leave and earned leave sanctioned before September 7 will also be expected from the directive, TOI reported.
The Congress has announced a nationwide shutdown on September 10 over the rising fuel prices and has urged other opposition parties to join their agitation to protest against the Narendra Modi government. Apart from that, five left parties have also called for a Bharat Bandh on Monday to turn up the heat against the Centre over several issues including the rising fuel princes and to demand the promised remunerative prices for crops as well as loan waiver for farmers across the country, IANS reported.