Issues of intolerance, price rise and strengthening the federal structure will dominate the Trinamool Congress’s agenda, ahead of the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament, said the party leadership on Saturday. Incidentally, this also forms the holy trinity for the party in terms of strategy ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, said sources.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said while the party is against any ‘disruption in the House’, the state ‘needed a platform’ to voice its concerns. “We are against disruption in the House. But the party needs a platform to be able to voice the concerns of the state,” she told The Indian Express.
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Reiterating the party’s stance, TMC Parliamentary Party leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay said, “The strategy of our party is yet to be decided. It will be decided after discussions with our party chief Mamata Banerjee. But yes, we want the Parliament to function properly. We don’t want any disruption of the House.”
He added that the party wanted to raise the ‘burning issues’ of the country such as “price rise”, “intolerance” and “weakening of the federal structure”.
Sources close to the CM said the issues of ‘intolerance’ and ‘communal harmony’ are likely to dominate the speech of Mamata when she will address a rally organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) on Thurday at the Brigade Parade Ground here. As many as 2.5 lakh people are expected to turn up at the rally.
Explaining the party’s stand on the issue, Bandopadhyay added, “Never before has India gone through such an intolerant atmosphere. We want to raise this issue of intolerance in the Parliament. We have always spoken in favour of strengthening communal harmony of our country. In the present situation the communal harmony too is under threat,” he said.
“We have always spoken in favour of strengthening the federal structure and for more powers to the states. But under the present regime at the Centre, the Prime Minister is calling up chief secretaries of the state bypassing the chief ministers,” he said, referring to the monthly meetings conducted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the final week of the month, as a part of his efforts to prevent bureaucratic delays.
Bandopadhyay comments came ahead of the all-party meeting expected to be convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan before the coming Winter Session.