New Delhi: Congress along with other Opposition parties have called for ‘Bharat Bandh‘ on September 10, that is, tomorrow. With political parties such as RJD, MDMK, DMK, NCP and the Samajwadi Party extending their support to the bandh against the hike in fuel prices, the nationwide shutdown will have a distinct impact over various states.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) also extended its support to the nationwide bandh and said that though it supported the shutdown, it would take all measures so that the ‘aam junta’ isn’t affected. The West Bengal government said it would take each and every step to maintain public utility services tomorrow. TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said the state government would not allow normal life to be paralysed during the “Bharat Bandh”.

Chatterjee said, “We shall not allow normal life to be paralysed and the development process affected in the state. Steps have been taken to keep alive the entire transport system. Buses, trams and other modes of transport will ply smoothly. More number of state-run buses will ply on the day of the bandh.”

He further said that TMC had a different opinion regarding the nationwide shutdown but it would take out protest marches across the state while taking into consideration the problem of the common people. He added that they would raise their voice against the increasing prices of essential commodities like petrol, diesel, cooking gas and the falling value of rupee.

Chatterjee added that in view of maintaining normalcy in the state, traders had been asked to keep their establishments open tomorrow and had been assured of all protective measures. He also said that insurance companies had agreed to extend insurance benefits up to Rs 75,000 against damage of cars and other vehicles within 72 hours if police complaints were registered within 24 hours.

“We do not want the man-days and the development process to be hampered and the people to get disturbed due to the bandh,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state government has already issued said that no leave would be given to government employees on September 10. All state government offices will remain open tomorrow and show-cause notices will be issued to the absent employees.

According to the government circular, “Leave will be granted only on the grounds of hospitalisation and family bereavement”. Also, the Kolkata Police and the state police have taken measures to avoid any kind of chaos tomorrow.