Kolkata: Throwing a challenge to each other, the ruling TMC in West Bengal and the Left parties are geared up to counter each other on February 28 protest called by the erstwhile CPM government to protest the TMC’s alleged mismanagement of agriculture sector leading to farmers’ suicides in the state.

As per the announcement, the Left-affiliated trade unions will go on strike across Bengal’s rural areas on February 28.

However, on the other hand, the state government has made an appeal to its employees and unions not to take part in the bandh. The government has also asked state government employees federation and the Trinamool Congress Youth to counter February 28 strike.

Interestingly the central trade unions have extended their support to the Left.

The Left front have also begun advertisements to garner farmers’ support for the strike.

The agitation will be jointly organised by the Left front and the West Bengal Pradeshik Krishak Sabha, the All India Sanjukta Krishak Sabha and the All India Agragami Kisan Sabha - the farmers' wing of the Communist Party of India, the Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Forward Bloc respectively.

The West Bengal government in recent times has drawn severe criticism from both the opposition Left Front and the alliance partner Congress for failing to take steps to address farmers’ issues and checking the ongoing trail of farmer suicides.

“The government headed by Mamata Banerjee is working towards sustainable growth for all but the Left parties are creating problems. They are politicizing the matter in the name of farmers’. It is a political move to revive its lost image somehow,” a Trinamool Congress Youth leader said.

The CPM state core committee is slated to meet next week.