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Kolkata: Forget responding to CITU’s appeal for support, Mamata Banerjee government has instead made stringent preparations to foil the Left trade unions’ nationwide general strike against Narendra Modi government on 8-9 January.

Issuing a circular, Bengal finance department has today stated that no employee of the state government will be allowed to take leave of office right from 7-10 January.

Even during the 48-hour bandh, no employee shall skip office on the pretext of non-availability of transportation.

A state government employee failing to follow this will not only lose the day’s salary, will also face punitive measures, the circular has clarified.

Mamata government have been taking a similar stance during all bandhs in the past few years. However, with the nationwide strike being called against her political rival BJP and, CITU writing to her for support, it was assumed that her government might not actively oppose the bandh.

Bengal Congress, on the other hand, has announced moral support to the strike called by Left trade unions.

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