Opposing the country-wide strike called by central trade unions on September 2, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her government would take the strongest possible action against “miscreants” who try to disrupt public life and would also ensure compensation for damage to shops or vehicles.
“Bengal will not be stopped on September 2, 2016. On September 2, all educational institutions, shops, offices and factories will remain open. Vehicles will ply normally and public transport will not be hindered. There will be strongest possible action against any miscreant who tries to disrupt public life. The government will arrange for due compensation for any damage caused by miscreants to any shop, vehicle or establishment,” Banerjee tweeted.
The chief minister had last week asserted that her government would not allow any bandh in the state on September 2 and said, “If they (central trade unions) want they can go to Delhi and stage dharna to register their protest.”
The central trade unions have given a call for a countrywide general strike on September 2 to protest the “anti-people, anti-national and anti-worker” policies of the NDA government at the Centre.
CITU state chief Shyamal Chakraborty on Thursday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of planning to unleash violence in the state in the garb of Singur Divas and challenged the Bengal CM to foil their strike on Friday.
“TMC is planning to let loose violence across the state under the garb of Singur Divas. What was the need for organising Singur Divas when a strike has been called that day? The intention is clear. They want to indulge in violence,” he alleged.
The Trinamool had on Wednesday announced that Singur Divas would be celebrated across the state on September 2 following the Supreme Court’s verdict setting aside acquisition of 997.11 acres of land in Singur in 2006 by the then Left Front government for Tata Motors’ Nano car manufacturing plant.
“We challenge the chief minister and her government to foil the strike. Their circulars are completely against the law. They can’t foil a strike, it is illegal. The people of the state will give a befitting reply,” Chakraborty railed.
On Banerjee’s announcement of compensation for damages to shops and vehicles during the strike, he alleged, “This is actually a ploy to let loose their goons and cause violence and put the blame on us. If they try to foil the strike, they will face resistance.”
All central trade unions, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, had given a one-day national strike call on September 2 to protest the Modi government’s “unilateral labour reforms and anti-worker policies”.