Kolkata:In order to quell the strike called by the central trade unions backed by the left parties, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has pulled out all stops. She appealed people not to support the ‘bandh’.

In an interview to a TV channel, Banerjee said, “I appeal people not to participate in the strike with an assurance that state administration will take necessary steps to maintain law and order.”

CM herself is overseeing the arrangements before the Tuesday’s strike and is expected to remain at Writer’s building on Monday for assessing the same.

She also warned left parties of grave consequences  if they won’t desist from staging rallies and instructed her party workers to keep eye on the happenings and apprise Police in case of any untoward situation during the bandh.

“Action will be taken against those violating law and order. Even the HC has termed the strike as illegal.” Banerjee said adding that “CPI (M) has been resorting to bandh for last 35 years”

Besides, Mamata also directed administration to make certain that, shops or offices cannot be forcibly closed while the train and bus traffic should not get affected.

She has also asked government employees to work like other days and make sure they are present in office failing to which they will be considered absent.

Admitting that her party too resorted to strikes in the past, Banerjee said that she later realized it was useless.

“We had realized three years ago that calling bandh was useless” Banerjee said accusing left of playing politics of strike.

JPN/BUREAU