In an interview with the Bengali news channels, Mamata said that "We (Trinamool Congress) had earlier done the same mistake by calling for strikes and shutdowns. We later realised that a problem cannot be solved by calling a strike. In the last two years, we have not called a single strike."
"We committed a mistake and have rectified it. We think the people have forgiven us for our mistake. I appeal to the masses of my state not to respond to this strike. A strike will rob daily labourers of their earnings," Mamata said.
"If any government staff takes part in the strike, then the government will take steps. All government employees should attend their respective offices. The former Left Front government used to help in making the strike a success. But we will not do it," she said.
Accusing the Left for calling the strike, Mamata assured the general people that the government had taken necessary steps to keep trains, trams and buses running.
"This politics of shutdown and strikes have crippled the state for the last 35 years. When I am trying to usher development for the state, the opposition is trying to create problem.
If the pro-strike protestors try to implement the strike forcefully then the government will act accordingly in order to keep everything normal. Nobody should force the common people to participate in the strike," she added.
However, the government employees has been barred from taking leave on the day of strike, it has also issued circulars on the issue.
Meanwhile, eleven central trade unions, including INTUC, CITU, AITUC, AIUTUC, BMS, UTUC will participate in the bandh. They are demanding for taking steps against the Price rise.