TMC MPs give dharna outside MHA & met Shah in regards to Tripura Violence
All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs staged a nearly four-hour-long protest in front of the North Block, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in regards to reported violence against their party workers in Tripura. The MPs also met Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and raised the issue.
A 17- member Trinamool Congress (TMC) delegation, on Monday, reached the North Block at 11:30 am to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah. TMC MPs were told he was not available for a meeting and they staged a sit-down protest for nearly about four hours. Finally, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah met the delegation. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also reached New Delhi and she is on a four-day visit to the National Capital. Banerjee is also planning to raise the issue of violence against her party cadre and leaders in Tripura with PM Modi on Wednesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, before leaving for Delhi on Monday, said the Tripura issue ‘cannot remain confined to Tripura’. ‘It will be raised in Delhi, Mumbai, and elsewhere,’ she added. Trinamool national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee too reached Delhi on Monday after meeting party leaders in Agartala. TMC national spokesperson Saket Gokhale wrote to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Arun Mishra for a fact-finding committee to be sent to Tripura like it was done for Bengal.
All India Trinamool Congress has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating the attacks in Tripura and alleged that the police were sheltering the preparations from the ruling party. Trinamool Congress (TMC) National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee, who reached Agartala on Monday, has been denied permission to hold a rally by the police, who cited law and order situation and political violence as the reason. Municipal Elections in the State are scheduled for November 25.
Kalyan Banerjee who was a part of TMC MPs delegation told the reporters after the meeting with Mr. Shah, “We told him in detail how leaders were arrested and MPs were beaten up. He said he spoke to the Tripura Chief Minister over the phone yesterday and will seek a report from the State”. Mamata Banerjee, before leaving for Delhi, told reporters on Kolkata that she would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
This is the second visit of the Trinamool Congress chairperson to Delhi after the Assembly polls in which her party registered a big win over the BJP. “I am going to Delhi today because the day after tomorrow, I have an appointment with the Prime Minister on the BSF issue and other development issues related to West Bengal,” she said. She accused the Union government of using its forces for the BJP’s benefit.
With TMC putting in a lot of weight outside Bengal, it is evident that the political fight between the BJP and TMC is all likely to escalate in near future.
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