Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said on Wednesday that the party will be holding a demonstration in the national capital against the “discriminatory policies” of the state government.
The decision, he said, was taken at a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party on the last working day before pujas . “We had written to CM Mamata Banerjee about the deprivation of elected members of the Opposition in terms of representation in different committees of the state government, but she had only replied in one line acknowledging the receipt of the letter. We are not surprised because had it not been for this fascist attitude of the CM, we would not have begun the protest movement. We will now go to New Delhi on November 4 and seek an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee. We will submit a memorandum to him and later put up a demonstration at Jantar Mantar,” Mannan said at a press conference. He added that they would also talk about the sluggish progress of the CBI inquiry into the multi-crore Saradha scam owing to the “intervention” of the Narendra Modi government. “We will write to him about the tacit understanding between the TMC and BJP in Bengal,” Mannan said.
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Sources said that President’s office had given the Congress leaders a tentative meeting time between November 6 and 7, and the demonstration was expected to take place on November 8.
Mannan also said that after returning from Delhi, they would also organise a sit-in demonstration in front of Nabanna, the state secretariat. Referring to the defection of Congress MLAs to TMC, he said a petition would soon be sent to the Assembly speaker to ask members concerned to clear their stand. “Going by provisions of the Constitution, we believe all the renegade MLAs would stand to lose their membership. If the Speaker fails to take appropriate steps, we will move court.”