The city on Friday witnessed the revival of CPI(M)’s old trick of bandh and road block when DYFI supporters , the youth wing of the party blocked Howrah bridge demanding the arrest of Trinamool Congress leaders whose names have appeared in the sting operation. The supporters distributed currency notes made of plastic and shouted slogans against Trinamool Congress leaders whose names have appeared in the sting operation. However, CPI(M) has virtually become alone in raising slogan against Trinamool Congress. Realising that the video that carried the sting operation is “not clear and vague” Congress and BJP have distanced themselves. No senior leader of Congress has so far said a single word on the issue. Similarly all India BJP leaders have also kept mum.
Understanding that police would not force them to lift the road block DYFI supporters blocked the bridge for over two hours causing untold inconvenience to commuters. Home bound commuters sat in public transport while some of them walked down the bridge to catch the train. “It is the same story once again, said Pradipta Mukherjee, a resident of Serampore. “My niece is seriously ill but I cannot reach Howrah station because of the jam. It shows that CPI(M) has not changed an inch,” he said adding “ If CPIM continues with such anti people programme it will be washed out this time,” he said. Suparna Dasgupta, who teaches in a college in Kolkata said: “How unfortunate it is. If DYFI has to do anything they should go to the proper forum. Why are they blocking the road causing inconvenience to people?” Trinamool Congress president Subrata Bakshi said CPI(M) was trying to disrupt the administration out of sheer nervousness. Politically the party has failed to combat Trinamool and so they are trying out other tricks. “The people have seen CPI(M) for 34 years and have seen the disastrous effect of bandh. The more they will take anti people stand, the more the party will be insignificant,” he said.