‘Will not let BJP bandh hit public life’


first_imgThe Trinamool Congress (TMC) government made it clear that it will ensure that daily life remains normal during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) State-wide bandh on Wednesday. The State BJP leadership on Saturday gave a call for a 12-hour Bangla bandh to protest the death of two youths in Uttar Dinajpur district’s Islampur allegedly during police firing. The two youths died during an agitation over recruitment of teachers at the local Daribhit High School. “Like earlier strikes, the people of Bengal will also reject the Bangla bandh by the BJP. If the BJP and its associates such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bajrang Dal try to create trouble, then the administration will take strong action,” State Education Minister and TMC general secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. He was speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat after a meeting of the Group of Ministers.‘Political frustration’Describing the BJP’s call for bandh as an “instance of political frustration”, he accused the party of trying to stall development in Bengal. “Out of political frustration, the BJP and its associates are trying to stall development and disrupt peace in Bengal. We will not let that happen,” he said.The Minister also said that the State government will issue notification to its employees to report for duty on Wednesday and also urged the private transport operators to function normally.“Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari has been asked to ensure that transport remains normal on Wednesday. If anyone tries to disrupt traffic, the police will take action as per law,” said Mr. Chatterjee.Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that there will be no bandh in Bengal. Accusing the BJP of trying to give a “communal angle” to the incident at Islampur, she urged the students “not to fall into their (BJP’s) trap.”BJP district president in Uttar Dinajpur Shankar Chakraborty, who was arrested on Sunday for threatening police, was produced before a district court and remanded in one day judicial custody.Mr. Chakraborty on Sunday afternoon had reportedly asked locals at Islampur to tie up the police personnel to trees and block their vehicles. He also said that if Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar was unable to restore normalcy in Uttar Dinajpur, he will not be allowed to stay in the district for even 20 days.Meanwhile, Left leaning youth organisation Young Bengal demanded a judicial probe into the Islampur incident. “Only a judicial probe can bring out the facts as neither the State nor the Central agencies has any credibility,” Prasenjit Bose, secretary of Young Bengal said.last_img