According to The Telegraph, the move is being seen as a bid to keep the minorities in “good humour" ahead of the Assembly polls in 2011.
"The date of our strike coincides with the 27th day of the month of Ramazan. On this day, Muslims go out to shop and purchase new clothes for Id," said CITU GS Kali Ghosh.
He also added, "Considering this, we have decided to exempt shops and markets in Muslim areas in the state from the general strike."
They started sending instructions to their local units so that the exemption would be granted.
However, Citu has not exempted the IT sector from the strike.
"It"s a profit-making sector where workers are exploited like in other places. So, IT is very much within the strike"s purview," stated Ghosh.