Bharat Bandh on January 7, 8: Mamata Banerjee Warns West Bengal Government Employees Against Participating in Shutdown
File image of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (Photo Credits: PTI)

Kolkata, January 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has warned the state government employees against participating in a Bharat Bandh called majorly by the Left-affiliated workers' and agricultural unions. Appealing the state to ignore the shutdown call, the Trinamool Congress chief said she wants to prevent the state from being embroiled in the "bandh-culture" -- a reference to the frequent shutdowns when the CPI(M) was in power.

As many as 10 central trade unions have called a 48-hour nationwide strike beginning Tuesday protesting against the "anti-people" policies of the Centre. Bharat Bandh Tomorrow: Left-Dominated Kerala, West Bengal Brace For Maximum Shutdown Impact.

"I do not want to spend a single word on this. In West Bengal, we have taken a stand of not supporting any bandh. Enough is enough. In the last 34 years, they (Left Front) have destroyed the state by calling bandh. There will be no bandh," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat.

The state government has announced that its employees would be barred from availing casual leave or any half-day leave on Tuesday and Wednesday.

No leave will also be allowed on the day preceding the two-day strike or following it, a government notification said last week.

The state government on Monday announced that 500 additional buses would ply on city roads police have taken all measures to foil any untoward incident during tomorrow's strike.

Private bus owners and taxi associations and app-based cabs have decided to take out vehicles on the roads like normal days.

According to a senior official at the state police department, extra police personnel would be deployed in and around the city.

"Anybody trying to disrupt normal life in the city will face strict action. Nobody will be allowed to put up barricades and stop people from trying to open shops or visiting offices. Market places, shops, malls, and every business entities will be operating normally," the police official said.

(With PTI inputs)