West Bengal, which experiences frequent strikes over certain issues, observed a two-day bandh and the region tried to return to its normalcy on Wednesday, Jul 20.
The strike was called by Bangla O Bangla Bhasha Banchao Committee (Save Bangla committee) after the state and central government signed the signed the pact tabled by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling.
The president of the Siliguri Merchants' Association, Omprakash Agarwal stated, "The chief minister asked us to discourage the bandh culture in Siliguri. We appreciated her view and submitted to her a memorandum, mentioning how frequent strikes were affecting the businessmen and town as a whole."
"Pointing at us, she told the traders that they could take the help of people's representatives in case they faced any inconvenience to run their shops and establishments during strikes. The businessmen were also asked to carry out a campaign against bandhs so that more and more people could ignore the calls for strikes," official stated while explaining Mamata's statement.