If Mamata Banerjee extends one hand we will extend 10 of ours, says agitating doctors’; open for talks

Kolkata: The ongoing strike in West Bengal showed signs of easing after agitating doctors said they were open for talks with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to end their strike and added that the venue for the meeting would be decided later.
The decision was taken after the joint forum of junior doctors held a press conference their meeting.
“We are open for dialogue always. If the chief minister extends one hand we will extend 10 of ours… we are eagerly waiting to break the deadlock,” the spokesperson said.
If the chief minister extends one hand we will extend 10 of ours, said the spokesperson and added that they are eagerly waiting to break the deadlock.
The doctors’ had earlier rejected Mamata’s invite for a closed-door meeting at the state secretariat and had asked her to visit the NRS Medical College and Hospital for an open discussion to resolve the deadlock.
The agitating doctors said they would wait for their governing body to decide on the proposed venue for the meeting.
The agitating doctors also accused Mamata of not making an honest effort on her part to break the deadlock.
While the doctors are eagerly waiting to start their duty, however, there is no honest initiative from the CM’s side to find a viable solution to the ongoing strikes.
Rejecting Mamata’s claims that a few of their colleagues visited her at the state secretariat, the doctors’ said that no such visit took place.
Banerjee, during a press conference at the state secretariat yesterday, had urged the agitators to resume work saying her government has accepted all their demands.
In a subtle threat to the protesting doctors’, she said her government had not invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) even after five days of continuous strike by the junior doctors.
“We have the laws, but we do not want to use them as we do not want to hamper their career,” Mamata said at the press conference.
During the press conference, she also attacked Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for his statements on the strikes and advised him to worry about the rest of the country.

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