Trinamool Congress (TMC) party members are planning to protest in the Parliament premises on March 29 to coincide with party leader Mamata Banerjee’s demonstration in Kolkata. Banerjee will stage a two-day dharna against the Centre’s “non-disbursal” of funds to West Bengal, sitting in front of the B R Ambedkar statue at Esplanade in Kolkata.
The West Bengal CM’s nephew, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, will simultaneously address a rally against the Centre’s “anti-people” policy and its “stepmotherly attitude” towards the West Bengal government. The TMC MPs’ protest will take place near the Ambedkar statue in Parliament premises, with party leaders stating that the protest is aimed at saving democracy, federalism, the Constitution, and Parliament.
The TMC joined a Congress-led opposition strategy meeting on March 27 and participated in a “black” protest against Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as an MP.
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The TMC’s Prasun Banerjee and Jawhar Sircar attended the meeting in the office of Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, marking a significant shift by Mamata Banerjee’s party since it had previously declared it would stay equidistant from both the Congress and the BJP.
The TMC clarified that its support was limited to the Rahul Gandhi protest, stating that the Opposition should unite on this issue. Jawhar Sircar expressed his opinion on the party’s unexpected decision to participate in the Congress-led protest. He stated that the TMC had attended every protest and walkout since the beginning and never missed one. He also mentioned that the decision to participate was symbolic and meant to show solidarity against coordinated and undemocratic attacks on everyone.