Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Mamata accuses Centre of trying to foil ‘Jonogorjon Sabha’ at Brigade

Asks ‘why will Bengal be deprived each time...’


Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the BJP-led Central government of trying to prevent her party supporters from coming to its ‘Jonogorjon Sabha’ scheduled to be held on brigade parade ground on Sunday by cancelling two special trains the ruling party in Bengal had booked for.

During a public distributi­on programme in West Midnapore, Banerjee called for a “never-seen-before” ‘Jonogorjon Sabha’ on Sunday. Lashing out at the Centre for refusing to provide two special trains for bringing people from North Bengal to Kolkata for the brigade rally on March 10, Banerjee said: “We are organising

Jonogorjon Sabha on Brigade parade ground. If we book trains, permission is not given. Why will Bengal be deprived each time? Bengal has been denied dues of 100-day workers, Awas Yojana funds, and funds for roads. We booked trains which were also denied.

Where are we living? There cannot be two different norms for two different people.”

She asserted: “Bengal will not only fight its battle ahead but it will say the final word. Bengal will raise tornado-like protests. People of Bengal will not tolerate the deprivatio­n by the Centre.” TMC on Monday shared a photo of a letter which purportedl­y appeared to confirm that the two trains requested by the party could not be made available due to “operationa­l constraint­s” by Railways. In a similar incident, TMC, in 2019, accused

the Centre of denying several trains to prevent people from North Bengal from joining the Martyrs’ Day rally.

She also accused the BJP of disconnect­ing water and electric connection­s to some houses in Kharagpur.

 ?? PICS/MPOST ?? Mamata Banerjee during the programme, in West Midnapore, on Tuesday
PICS/MPOST Mamata Banerjee during the programme, in West Midnapore, on Tuesday

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