Trade unions’ strike partially affects normal life in Bengal

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

November 27, 2020 3:52:33 am

Protesters block a street in Kolkata on Thursday.

The 24-HOUR basic strike known as by central commerce unions disrupted normal life in the state after sporadic clashes between bandh enforcers and policemen had been reported from components of Bengal.

The 24-hour strike was known as in protest towards the Centre’s financial insurance policies similar to privatisation of PSUs, new farm legal guidelines and labour legal guidelines.

Workers of of CPM-affiliated outfits similar to CITU and DYFI took out rallies in Entally, Lenin Sarani, Jadavpur, Garia, Lake Town, Kamalgazi, Dum Dum and and so forth. which disrupted vehicular motion in and across the metropolis. In New Town space, bandh supporters had been seen asking shopkeepers to drag down the shutters

Left supporters blocked roads in Central Avenue, Hastings, Shyambazar and Moulali areas in the town. Workers of the Congress, which supported the bandh, tried to forcibly shut down outlets in Burrabazar space.

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose led a rally of Congress and Left staff in Mullickbazar space.

On the opposite hand, bandh supporters clashed with the police at Barasat and Belgharia in North 24 Parganas district, West Burdwan’s Durgapur, Cooch Behar’s Mathabhanga, Jalpaiguri’s Dhupguri and West Midnapore district’s Midnapore city.

Bandh enforcers additionally burnt tyres and broke the windscreen of buses in Coochbehar and Jhargram districts. Suburban prepare providers in the Sealdah division had been affected as agitators blocked railway tracks at a number of stations. According to Eastern Railway officers, bandh supporters obstructed tracks at Dakshin Barasat, Baharu, Dhakuria, Joynagar, Champahati, Subhasgram and Betberia Ghola stations in the south part and Ichapur, Palta, New Barrackpore, Barrackpore and Dumdum Cantonment stations in the principle part. Railway tracks at Serampore and Chandannagar railway stations in ER”s Howrah division had been blocked.

CPM chief Sujan Chakraborty led a gaggle of protesters to squat on railway tracks at Jadavpur station in south Kolkata.

Train providers in South Eastern Railway’s Howrah- Kharagpur part had been partially affected as agitators blocked railway tracks at Balichak, Midnapore and some different stations for a while.

A bunch of Forward Bloc supporters tried to enter the Central metro station on the North-South line of the Kolkata Metro to stop commuters from boarding the trains. The police nonetheless prevented them from coming into the underground metro station premises. Flight providers on the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, nonetheless, remained unaffected.

Banking providers had been partially affected as a number of branches and ATMs remained closed.

Operations on the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port’s Kolkata Dock System had been partially affected however its Haldia Dock functioned usually.

In all 140 individuals, together with 39 girls, had been arrested (from Kolkata Police space) and dropped at Central Lock Up, Lalbazar. Later, they had been launched on P.R. Bond, mentioned a senior officer of Kolkata Police.

Trade unions like Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC) and Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) are a part of the strike. BJP-aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), nonetheless, didn’t took half in the strike.

The CPM claimed that the bandh has been profitable and mentioned this may pave approach for intensified actions in the state.

“At a time when Left workers called a bandh against the Centre’s economic policies, the TMC government in the state tried to stop us. Despite such a threat from the state government, people have raised their voice and supported the bandh. This will pave way for a new phase of movements in the state. People will continue to hit the streets to fight for their right,” mentioned CPM chief Mohammad Salim.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned her celebration morally supported the problems of the Left however can’t assist their name for a bandh.

“On Thursday, workers have carried out a movement in the country. We support their movement on principle but we do not support the bandh. However we agree with their demands and issues. We know that the Centre is selling out PSUs such as Railways, Coal India, civil aviation and etc. After selling out the country, the Union Home Minister is now busy conducting civic polls. I have never seen a government of this kind,” mentioned Banerjee.

The BJP, nonetheless, claimed that the TMC was serving to the CPM and Congress mix to counter the BJP. “TMC is encouraging the CPM and Congress ahead of Assembly polls to divide the Opposition votes. This is their last resort. But people of Bengal will either vote for the TMC or the BJP and we believe the votes will be in favour of the saffron party. TMC is now giving moral support to the CPM and Congress which had entered into an alliance with corrupt RJD in Bihar. The people have rejected Thursday’s bandh,” mentioned BJP chief Samik Bhattacharya.

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