Police remove TMC leaders sitting on dharna at Krishi Bhavan

Wednesday 04th October 2023 06:31 EDT

New Delhi: Police on Tuesday night removed TMC leaders from Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi, where they were sitting on dharna after Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti refused to meet more than five members of the TMC delegation, which comprised 30 people.
Police took members of the delegation, led by TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, from the ministry in two buses. TMC sources said police were taking them to Mukherjee Nagar. TMC MP Mahua Moitra was among those to be taken away in the buses, and she shouted out from the bus that the delegation had been manhandled and physically removed from the ministry.
This is how elected MPs of the world’s largest democracy are treated after being given an appointment to meet with a Minister of the Govt of India (which she refused to honour after making us wait 3 hours)
Earlier, party MP Shantanu Sen told media outside Krishi Bhavan that a meeting between the delegation and the MoS had been scheduled for 6 pm.
“AITC (All India Trinamool Congress) delegation, led by national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, arrived at Krishi Bhavan at 6 pm to meet MoS Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Our leaders were then made to wait for 90 minutes. Now, the MoS informed that she cannot meet our delegation. Our national general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee, along with other leaders won’t leave from Krishi Bhavan until the minister meets them.”
Banerjee had suggested that Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh was supposed to meet the delegation. “Giriraj Singh was supposed to meet us at 6 pm. But it is 7.30 now, and he is not here. Earlier, we were told that he would meet us at 12 noon. But later, we received an email saying that he cannot meet us in that allotted time. Clearly, he was lying that he would not be in Delhi and that his flight would land at 5 pm and consequently, he would have a meeting with us at 6 pm. Despite giving us time for a meeting, he is not here. Unless he comes and meets us, we will not go from here,” he said.
Before the TMC delegation arrived, BJP leader from Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, met MoS Jyoti at 4 pm and had a half-an-hour-long meeting. He also handed over a letter to the minister regarding alleged irregularities in the MGNREGA scheme in the state.

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