The Bharat bandh called by Congress and the call for a 12-hour strike by the Left parties in protest against the rising prices of petroleum products had little impact in West Bengal on Monday. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has made it clear that they will oppose the bandh but will hit the streets in protest over the same issue. Public life and vehicular movement in Kolkata and most of the districts are normal on Monday morning. The two nerve centres of Kolkata and Howrah district-Sealdah and Howrah Stations- witnessed regular crowd of passengers in the morning. Bus services around the two two key rail stations is also normal. Large police contingent have been deployed at the two rail stations to prevent any untoward incident. There was usual movement of traffic in key areas of the city such as Esplanade in central Kolkata, Tollygunge in south Kolkata and Shyambazar in north Kolkata, Public life also remained normal in most of the districts. However, there was some traffic congestion in Howrah district where workers of Left parties staged a road blockade. A scuffle took place between Left cadres and police when they tried to lift the blockade.In a bid to keep vehicular traffic normal on Monday, the TMC government has deployed 4,000 government buses in the State. Extra trams have also been deployed in Kolkata. The State government has already issued a notification instructing its employees to report for duty on Monday.As to why they are not supporting the strike, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that “40 lakh work days were lost due to strikes in the Left Front era. We do not want anymore strike in Bengal now. But we will take out protest marches across the State against the rising prices of petrol and diesel.”The TMC’s stand over the issue drew sharp criticism from both the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Congress. While CPI(M) State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said that “if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s opposition against the Centre is genuine then her party should support the strike”, State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the TMC to “make its stand clear.” The party should clarify whether they are against the BJP-led government at the Cenrtre or are supporting it, he said.