Mamata government not to allow bandh on September 2

Kolkata, Aug 26 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the state government would not allow any bandh on September 2, in the wake of the central trade unions’ call for a general strike.

“We will not allow any bandh in the state on September 2. We will keep everything open and normal. Vehicles will ply and shops will open. If vehicles and shops are damaged by bandh enforcers, the state will take stringent action against them and will also provide compensation for properties damaged during the bandh,” she said while addressing a meeting of the Trinamool Congress’ students wing here.

She also urged for people’s cooperation against the bandh.

In order to protest against the “anti-people, anti-national and anti-worker” politics of the central government, the central trade unions called for a national general strike on September 2.

“Why don’t they go to Delhi and stage sit-in movement to register their protest,” she said.

INTUC President G. Sanjeeva Reddy last month had announced that he would urge Banerjee to give her nod to Trinamool Congress’ trade union wing to participate in the strike.

–IANS

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