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Posted on Feb 21, 01:31PM | IBNS
Kolkata, Feb 21 : The two-day nationwide strike called by several trade unions entered its second day on Thursday but West Bengal remained a relatively peaceful state where the impact of the protest is lesser than in the past.
The strike on Wednesday had impacted partially West Bengal with fewer people venturing out and transport system hit in some places. Several shops in Kolkata had kept their shutters down too. But the bandh was no as successful as it used to be in the past years.
West Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later issued a statement on Wednesday expressing gratitude to people for not paying heed to 'bandh' call and maintaining normalcy across the State.
Banerjee slammed the taxi unions for putting the commuters into a mess by joining the strike.
"I was sorry to see the plight of commuters looking for taxis, all I would like to tell the Taxi unions is not to create problems for commuters or harass them. I would like to remind you that 'bandh' has been termed 'illegal 'by Supreme Court and High Court. Action can be initiated against you. I am happy that the Auto unions did not join the 'bandh' and are plying normally. I had a word with the members of Auto union at Behala, a short while back," the statement of the CM said.
Referring to the bandh on Thursday, she said, "I am hopeful that people will maintain same spirit tomorrow also and will maintain normalcy in the State. Tomorrow happens to be 'Bhasha Dibosh', the great day for people in Bengal and Bangladesh, I am confident that everything will be normal tomorrow also. I assure full cooperation on behalf of the State government to all those who did not listen to the 'bandh' call and remained open today."
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has plied state-run buses to foil the strike. The government also ensured the State worked on Wednesday and Thursday with the adoption of a no work, no pay policy for the two-day strike. State employees have been warned they will not be paid if they joined the strike.