Kolkata: To resurface from the dire financial conditions and put the state back on fast track, the West Bengal government is mulling to bring in place a strong and concrete policy to stop frequent shutdowns, blockades, and strikes in the state.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the parties to do away with the 'politics of bandhs (shutdowns) and strikes' and called for an all-party meet to discuss the issue. She appealed to all political parties to shun strikes, bandhs and blockades to oppose each other.

She, however, admitted that the Trinamool Congress previously has resorted to bandhs and strikes to corner other political parties. Banerjee also said legislation was needed to bring an end to shutdowns, blockades and strikes.

During a press conference, Banerjee said the culture and heritage of the state should not be destroyed by the politics of bandhs. “We need to revive our heritage and culture,” she said.

“The workers have the right to raise voices for their demands and the government certainly supports them. But it must be taken forward in the right way,” she added.

Citing that for the development of the state she will follow the path of democracy, call all parties and seek their suggestions, she said, adding “So far as possible we will try to go ahead, taking everybody along.”

JPN/Bureau