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Updated: 10-09-2018 18:22 IST

Bandh: TMC govt maintains life normal, CPI(M) dubs it pro-Modi

Kolkata, Sep 10 (PTI) With the Bharat Bandh evoking no

response in West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)

Monday said the state government did not allow normal life to

be paralysed, while the CPI(M) termed the party as a supporter

of the BJP government at the Centre.

Though the TMC supported the issues for which the

bandh was called, TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said

it opposed the shutdown to prevent loss of mandays and not to

hamper the ongoing development process in the state.

Chatterjee said the state government did not allow

normal life to be paralysed during the "Bharat Bandh" hours.

"Steps have been taken to keep alive normal life,"

Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said while leading a

protest march at Entally area in Central part of the city.

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose alleged that TMC

supremo Mamata Banerjee's stance on the Bandh actually became

"a support to the Narendra Modi government."

CPI(M) state Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said there

was no difference between the TMC and the BJP.

"Both the parties are working together with a perfect

understanding. The TMC's stance on the bandh is just an

example," Mishra said.

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir

Chowdhury alleged that the TMC helped the BJP with its full


"The TMC workers and entire administration were

deployed to foil the bandh and fulfill the purpose of the

BJP," Chowdhury claimed.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, on the other hand,

said, "The TMC is opposing the bandh. But actually it is

trying to provide oxygen to the ailing Congress and the


The TMC took out several rallies here to protest

marches across the state against the increasing prices of

petrol, diesel and cooking gas and the falling value of rupee.

Leading one such rally in the city, state PWD minister

Arup Biswas said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has removed

the term 'bandh' from the dictionary of West Bengal.

Trinamool Youth Congress president and MP Abhishek

Banerjee slammed the BJP for its 'anti-people' policies.

"The BJP must be dethroned in 2019 Parliamentary

election. People will not allow Modi government to retain

power after suffering enormously in everyday life," said

Banerjee, also the nephew of the chief minister. PTI AKB


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