Strike gets poor response in three districts of North Bengal

MALDA/ NORTH DINAJPUR
10 Sep 2018

The strike convened separately by the Left parties and the Congress failed to leave an impression in three districts of north Bengal  today. Although the leaders of Congress and CPM got on the streets in favour of the bandh, they did not seem to be aggressive in enforcing it.
As Trinamool Congress run state government opposed the bandh convened in protest of rise in price of petro-products and only supported the issues, life in three districts were not quite different from regular days.
Attendances in government offices, schools and colleges were almost normal. Vehicles were seen plying on roads although they were fewer than those in other weekdays. However, shops were mostly closed in three districts.
There was however some tension in some areas when CPM leaders tried to block NH-34 in Malda. They got entangled in an altercation with police officials who forced them to vacate the NH.
Congress MPs Mausam Noor and Abu Hashem Khan Choudhury with their party MLAs organized a rally in support of the strike.
Trinamool leaders held separate rallies condemning the central government but urging people to thwart the bandh.
“It is unfortunate that police and Trinamool workers tried to dissolve the strike forcibly. But we are happy with response of people despite all odds,” said Noor.
Ambar Mitra, district Left Front convener of Malda alleged that police personnel were used as instruments to dissolve the strike by Trinamool.
Trinamool leaders, however, claimed that people voluntarily rejected the bandh. “Bandh is no more a political weapon. Left Parties made it blunt by using it at random,” said Dulal Sarkar, officiating Trinamool president of Malda. (EOIPC)