After Left Front, BJP calls for West Bengal bandh on April 30

Press Trust of India Kolkata | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on April 27, 2015

The West Bengal unit of the BJP on Monday called for a 12-hour state-wide bandh on April 30, a day after the Left Front gave a similar call on that day to protest against “terror and violence” by the ruling Trinamool Congress in the just-concluded civic elections.

The BJP also urged the Congress to call for a bandh on that day to protest against the alleged “murder of democracy.”

In an obvious reference to the LF-sponsored bandh call, state BJP president Rahul Sinha said “One party has already called a bandh on April 30. We are also calling bandh on that day. We have not given a strike call on any other day.

Call to Congress

“The Congress should also give a bandh call,” he said while leading a procession to the state Election Commission here.

Stating that their protests would not stop with the bandh, Sinha said they would observe “a save democracy” fortnight from May 1.

He alleged a “nexus between the SEC and the state government” and said the central forces which arrived in the State were not used for civic poll duty.

TMC criticises move

Meanwhile, criticising the Left’s bandh-call, Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee had yesterday said it would not help the people when a natural disaster has hit the region. “We will keep life normal,” Chatterjee had said.

The CITU, INTUC and six Left-backed trade unions have also jointly called a 24-hour general strike in West Bengal on April 30 to protest against alleged violence in the civic polls in the State.

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Published on April 27, 2015
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