February 28 Industrial Strike - Trinamool Congress, Congress and Left Front Stand On The Strike
Countrywide industrial strike is called by left trade unions on 28 February. Left Front has announced that they are in the strike but they will support it. Trinamool congress and Congress will oppose the strike on 28 February 2012.
Eleven trade unions have called nationwide industrial strike on 28 February 2012. Presently any kind of strike normally becomes general strike. Till now it seems that 28 February will be a gifted holiday in West Bengal. History paper examination of West Bengal madhyamik 2012 already has been rescheduled to be held on 29 February instead of 28 February. The picture of any strike in West Bengal is almost same. The shops remain closed, low attendance in offices and factories, less number of buses on the roads, harassment of passengers travelling via long distance trains and ultimately chat shows in Bengali TV channels at the evening. The opposition party leaders try to prove that the strike was not successful and organisers of strike claim that strike was successful and spontaneous.
Will this industrial strike yield some fruitful results? This question will never be answered by our leaders of any political parties. Actually in case most of the strikes, common people do not know why the strike has been called. Do all the strike supporters are well aware of the issues of the strikes they participate? Anyway strike is like a cultural festival of Bengalis. We respect our heritage and so strike will be here in Bengal forever. All political parties in West Bengal consider strike as tool to prove their power and acceptance to people.
What West Bengal state government is thinking about 28 February Strike?
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday urged the unorganised sector workers not to join the industrial strike on 28 February. Mamata Banerjee has appealed to transport department workers also not to join the strike on 28 February.
West Bengal state government has already issued a circular stating that no leave will be sanctioned to state employees on 28 February. State transport minister Madan Mitra said that if the state transports service employees do not report on duty on 28 February, strong action would be taken against them.
State Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Minister Subrata Mukherjee said that Trinamool Congress will launch a statewide campaign against the strike on 28 February 2012. Subrata Mukherjee further stated that necessary steps are being taken to keep life normal on 28 February 2012.
West Bengal Congress has announced that they will oppose the strike on 28 February.
Left Front chairman Biman Bose criticised the government's anti-strike circular issued few days earlier. Biman Bose termed the circular as obnoxious and compared this action with British regime in our country when such restrictions were imposed on common people.