We thank people of Bengal for foiling bandh culture: Partha Chatterjee

Secretary General of All India Trinamool Congress today thanked the people of West Bengal for foining the bandh called by Opposition parties. He said that the joint-production of the Opposition and a few media houses was rejected by the people.

“People stepped out of their homes, went to home. Universities conducted exams. Life was normal today. You cannot win hearts of people by calling bandhs. They are counter-productive, anti-progress,” he said.

Maintaining that the Opposition has no organisational strength, neither do they have the support of people, Partha Chatterjee thanked the administration for maintaining normalcy of life.

#NoToBandh, tweets Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee today tweeted “#NoToBandh” – her first tweet which is just a hashtag.

Throughout Wednesday #NoToBandh was among the few frequently-tweeted hashtags with people from all walks of life, not just in Kolkata but across India and the world, using the micro-blogging site to vent their ire against bandh culture.

A spokesperson of the All India Trinamool Congress said, “Other parties trend hashtags on Twitter using paid trolls. This is a first hashtag that has been trended by people.”

Earlier, WB CM appealed to the CPM and BJP to withdraw their bandh for the sake of relief operations in earthquake-ravaged Nepal and north Bengal. She also gave a stern message that the administration would take all steps top ensure normalcy of life.

Here are some noteworthy #NoToBandh tweets:

Put an end to bandh culture: Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee strongly condemned the bandh called by the CPI(M) and BJP on 30 April 2015. The Chief Minister was addressing the press in the backdrop of massive victory in municipal polls.

On that day West Bengal government will organise Nirmal Bangla Divas in the presence of representatives from UNICEF and World Bank being present. One lakh students will participate in this programme in each district and take oath to make Bengal clean and green.

The Chief Minister said, “CPM and BJP are like birds of one feather. They have called bandh together. We are against bandhs and strike. We appeal to CPI(M) and BJP to withdraw their bandh on 30 April and make Nirmal Bangla Mission a success.”

Highlighting the fact that 70 lakh man days were lost due to bandhs during Left rule, Mamata Banerjee said, “We appeal to people to defeat the bandh. Keep everything running. Let there be productivity and progress.”

She also slammed the Opposition for calling a bandh when rescue operations were going on in the aftermath of devastating earthquake in Nepal and north Bengal. She asked people to come forward to help the people in earthquake-affected areas.