Bengal Shutdown: Mamata Banerjee runs buses but commuters stay off roads

| Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:44
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Bengal Shutdown: Mamata Banerjee runs buses but commuters stay off roads

KOLKATA:  Several professionals in Kolkata spent a night in office expecting fresh trouble during a daylong strike called today by the Left and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protesting against the violence in the recent civic polls.

Reports of clashes between the police and Left activists in different parts of Bengal have created panic in the Mamata Banerjee’s state.

Protests on railway tracks have even delayed more than half a dozen trains and the state government has made detailed preparations to halt the strike.

Speaking at a rally on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “There will be no bandh tomorrow in Bengal. No bandh in Kolkata, no bandh in the districts.” The minister further promised to reimburse people if their shops area attacked due to any protest.

Not only this, the government has even ordered its employee to come to work, else they will lose their salary for one day.

Strikes in Kolkata normally leave people struggling to travel. However, this time, many government buses can be seen on the roads but there are hardly any passengers travelling in it.

“Rise & shine.The easy thing to do Bengal/Kolkata is to stay at home.Make that extra effort and step out, a lawmaker of the ruling Trinamool Congress, Derek O'Brien posted on his Twitter wall last evening.

The IT professional at Salt Lake in Kolkata worrying about the matter chose to stay in the office on Wednesday night.

Called by the CPM, BJP and central trade unions, the strike, matches with the university exams where the striking unions claim that students will not be stopped from sitting for an examination.

 On the other hand, college authorities have maintained that if students are not able to take the exams, they shall consider it to hold them again.

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