NTC threatens to call bandh over proposed shifting of CIL HQ

NTC threatens to call bandh over proposed shifting of CIL HQ
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Kolkata, May 31 (PTI) As protests by political parties and trade unions continued here today over Coal Minister Shibu Soren's proposal to shift the headquarters of the Coal India Limited and Damodar Valley Corporation from Kolkata to Ranchi, the opposition Nationalist Trinamool Congress threatened to call a "Bangla Bandh" over the issue while WBPCC said it would write to the Prime Minister opposing the move.

"We will continue our agitations and may even call a Bandh in West Bengal if the Coal Minister goes ahead with his plan to shift the headquarters of the CIL and DVC", Shovondeb Chattopadhyay, the chief whip of Trinamool Congress legislature party in state assembly who led a demonstration of the party's trade union activists in front of the Coal Bhavan told reporters.

"There is a conspiracy to deprive Bengal. We won't allow CIL and DVC headquarters to be shifted from our state. We will stall West Bengal by blocking roads all over the state to foil such a move," Trinamool Congress trade union leader and party legislator Saugata Roy said as NTC activists held an hour-long demonstration in front of the CIL headquaters.

Roy said Trinamool Congress which was the first to take to the street over the issue was prepared to go for a bigger movement involving other parties on the issue.

State Congress general secretary Manas Bhuiyan said WPCC which discussed the matter with Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Water Resources Minister P R Dasmunshi would write to the Prime Minister opposing the move.

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