Mr. Dasgupta told The Hindu later
that the meeting came in the backdrop of “biggest nationwide strike” by
trade unions on February 28, which sent a clear message registering a
strong protest against the policies being pursued by the Congress-led
According to Mr.
Dasgupta, Mr. Mukherjee agreed to hold a meeting with leaders of all
trade unions. For the first time unions across the political spectrum,
including the Congress-backed Indian National Trade Union Congress,
joined the strike. Although there are reports that many in the Congress
leadership were not happy over the turn of events, Mr. Dasgupta said the
government cannot ignore the voice of the people.
Mr. Mukherjee, who is
the principal political manager for the UPA government, promised to hold
the meeting after the presentation of the budget, Mr. Dasgupta said. .