Mamata decides to oppose Left sponsored nationwide bandh on 8 January

ST Bureau

Gangasagar(South 24 Parganas)/ Kolkata,6 January : Reiterating her strong opposition and in accordance with her announced stand against the ‘culture of Bandh’, Chief minister Mamata Banerjee here today made it clear that the ruling Trinamool Congress would not support the one day nationwide bandh on 8 January,called by the Left parties and 17 Left unions to protest the ongoing ‘economic slowdown’ of the country.
‘No Bandh as a form of protest in the present era could help boost the economic growth of any country’, the Chief minister said in line with the known stand of the ruling party, of which she is also the undisputed supreme leader, they would oppose it by all means.
All necessary instructions for the state government employees had also been circulated today asking them to report to their respective duty on that day,she said and informed that in case of any violation of the government order, necessary disciplinary steps (like reduction of one day’s salary and cut off in the work profile) would be taken.
Commenting further on the ‘necessity and usefulness’ of the CPI-M led Left Front sponsored proposed nationwide industrial strike cum bandh (on next Wednesday) to protest the economic slowdown of the country,the Chief minister said it was ‘not only the right time to call a bandh when the entire nation was passing through several crisis,but we also feel that these days the observance of any such protest did not hold any water in terms of its effectiveness’.
‘Before deciding on any such path thorough Bandh we must consider the condition of daily wage earners also who would lose their one day’s income if everything is closed for a day ‘,the Chief minister said in support of her decision to oppose such a move since she and her party came to power in 2011.
The Chief minister who remained silent on the issue since the Bandh was called about a month ago, cleared her views during her day long visit today at Gangasagar,situated at the confluence of Bay of Bengal and the Ganges in South 24 Parganas district,about 150 km from Kolkata,and is known for the famous the annual congregation of millions of pilgrims across the country and even from abroad and pay homage at the temple of Lord Kapil Muni on the banks in January every year.
It may be recalled in this connection that on 3 January during the 58th anniversary of CPM’s daily mouthpiece ‘Ganashakti’, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and CPM state General Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra gave an ultimatum to the Chief minister to announce her stand about the proposed bandh on 8 January, while asking for her party’s support for the wholesome success of the bandh in West Bengal like what they used to experience during their previous 34 year long regime.
But after coming to the power, Mamata Banerjee as the Chief minister took a stand against the culture of Bandh and banned it in the state for ever.
Now it remains to be seen whether the proposed means of protest would be successful in the state or would not evoke any response from the general public, like most of the other states in usual manner.