"The strike was called by the central trade unions against the policies of the Central government. So why did the state government oppose the strike call? Mamata Banerjee is trying to prove herself as a valuable ally of BJP so that the alliance between TMC and BJP is strengthened further," Bose told reporters.

"The anti-democratic measures that the state has taken to foil the strike is condemnable. Even BJP-ruled states have not taken such measures to call off the strike," Bose added. The Left Front will organise a 'Protest Day' in the state tomorrow against the attack on its workers during today's strike, he said.

As many as 10 central trade unions had given the strike call over a 12-point charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed 'anti-worker' amendments in labour laws and stopping disinvestment and privatisation of PSUs.

The strike, which was supported by 17 Left parties in West Bengal, has hit normal life in the state. About 200 people were arrested from different parts of the state and clashes occurred at some places between the Left and Trinamool Congress workers.

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