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September 20 Bharat Bandh in West Bengal


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Bharat Bandh in West Bengal

The Left Front led by Communist Party of India (CPI) will enforce bandh in West Bengal and Tripura protesting the diesel price hike and FDI in multi-brand retail. The party said that it will enforce the bandh for 12 hours starting from 6 am to 6 pm on September 20. The Left front leaders will stage hartal in both West Bengal and Tripura.

The Trinamool Congress said that it would oppose the bandh. The West Bengal Congress would also oppose the bandh.

General Strike in West Bengal

The ruling Trinamool Congress is opposed to the general strike in West Bengal. They said that the bandh would not solve anything. The left parties have called for a 12-hour general strike throughout the nation.

Most of the private bus operators began indefinite strike from September 17, 2012. As many as 37,000 private buses are off the roads leaving 40 lakh passengers in several parts of Kolkata. The private buses strike forced passengers to take government buses which were overcrowded.

In the wake of Trinamool Congress pulling out of UPA II government, Left front chairman Biman Bose said that the party would support the 12-hour general strike, the left parties have proposed on September 20 protesting the diesel price hike and FDI in multi-brand retail. Speaking to reporters in Kolkata, Biman Bose said, "After this decision, we believe that the Trinamool Congress will stop opposing the 12-hour general strike called by the Left Front against these anti-people policies of the centre,"

However, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said that they are opposed to the general strike as it would not solve anything. "There is no reason for the CPI-M to rejoice at this decision. Calling shutdowns do not solve any problems. Problems are solved by taking decisions," said Banerjee. She also urged the left parties to withdraw the strike.

Inconvenience for relatives of patients at hospitals

The bus strike in Kolkata has caused major inconvenience to relatives of patients who are admitted in hospitals. Those coming from different parts of the state to the capital city had to wait for several hours to board buses in the past three days. The frequency of public transportation also took a hit on September 19, 2012 and most of the relatives chose to stay at the hospitals.

Scuffle

The BJP and TMC party workers entered into a scuffle at two rallies in Howrah. The BJP party workers are staging a rally to support the bandh, while the TMC is staging rally against the bandh.

Trains running late

Several trains in the Kolkata were running late as demonstrations were stage on the railway tracks.

No delay in flights

Flight operations were not disrupted even though some protesters tried to storm the Kolkata airport. Effigies of government leaders were burnt by BJP workers at Baguighati. 15 protesters have been arrested.

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