The culture of bandhs must be defeated: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee today urged people to defeat the culture of bandhs. She was addressing a press conference at Nabanna regarding the bandh called by communist parties.

“We need to get rid of this bandh culture. Those who destroyed Bengal for 34 years are now destroying development,” she said.

She added, “We have not called a bandh since 2009. We are against this bandh culture. Bandhs do not offer any solution.”

Slamming the CPI(M), she said that those who destroyed the infrastructure and economy of the State for 34 years have to right to terrorise people with culture of violence and hooliganism.

“They are like Kumbhakarna. They sleep for 6 months and wake up one day for photo-ops for TV channels,” the CM said.

Reiterating that Trinamool is pro-people, pro-worker and pro-farmer, Mamata Banerjee said that issues must be sorted through dialogue and discussion.

“We also have several objections to labour laws reforms by Centre. We have written to them. We do not endorse bandhs,” she said.

WB Govt offices to remain open during Sept 2 bandh

The West Bengal government on Monday made it mandatory for all its employees to be present on September 2 when a nation-wide trade union strike has been called by central trade unions.

In view of the trade union strike all over the country on September 2, government offices, including those provided with grant-in-aid, would remain open and no leave would be granted on that day, a memo, issued by state Finance Department, said.

Moreover, the directive said that absence of employees on that date would be treated as ‘dies non’ and no salary would be admissible.

Bengal Govt taking all measures to thwart CPI(M)’s bandh on Sept 2

West Bengal Government will take every measure possible to foil the nationwide strike called by the central trade unions on 2 September.

The State Government will take all ensure that the strike doesn’t disrupt the normal activities.

State transport corporations will run additional fleet of buses and government offices, including those provided with grants-in aid by the State Government will remain open.

Leaves are never granted to State Government employees who go on any strike. Like previous occasions, Government would issue circular directing employees to compulsorily report to work.

The State Government officials have also spoken to private bus operators. It is expected that the private bus service will also be normal on the day. The State Government will also run extra buses and trams on the day so that common people are not affected.