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21 July to be celebrated as Bhasha Dibas

Both the AITC– led by Mamata Banerjee and its archrivals CPIM seem to be agreeing on one thing–leave Bhasha Divas out of the purview of the general strike called by the Leftist trade unions on 21 February.

CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions), faced with criticism for calling a general strike on 21 Feb which coincides with the International Mother Tongue Day (Bhasha Divas in Bengal), will convert the second day of the two-day shutdown into an industrial strike.

This would keep transport out of ambit of the strike, enabling people to celebrate the day, CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty said.

The countrywide two day (20, 21 Feb)general strike had been called oppose financial sector reforms and the govt’s decision to allow foreign direct investment in retail. The strike has already been opposed vehemently by the TMC supremo who said that her govt will see to it that no mandays are lost.
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