Trinamool Congress today firmly opposed the 12-hour strike in West Bengal called by the left parties on November 28, even as the Left Front justified the shutdown saying it is necessary to register protest against demonetisation. "The Left Front is actually trying to help BJP on demonetisation and that is why they have called this strike to increase the sufferings of the masses. They should have refrained from calling the strike," TMC general secretary Subrata Bakshi said. "On November 28, the TMC will take out a rally from College Square to Esplanade to protest against demonetisation," he told reporters after the party's core committee meeting. "Mamatadi had expressed her displeasure over the strike call and said that people don't support strikes and bandhs," he said. State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari said his department would run 2,600 more buses to maintain normalcy during the bandh. "Government will pay compensation if any vehicle got damaged during the bandh period", he said. Justifying the shutdown, Left Front chairman Biman Bose said, "the strike call is necessary to register protest against demonetisation which caused sufferings to the people. We have kept banks, ATMs, health and milk outside the ambit of the strike.
So that people don't face any problem". Commenting on TMC's opposition to the strike, CPIM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said, "we are happy that TMC is not supporting the strike call. We have given the call to oppose the anti-people decision of the Centre. Whoever is serious about the issue will not oppose the strike call". State Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury said that his party decided to extend moral support to the strike by Left parties. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, however, said they will see whether the TMC is really serious about foiling the strike called by the Left. "Recently we have seen them working together as friends against us in Delhi. So we want to see whether TMC really practice what they preach," he said.
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