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Tripura civic polls: TMC MPs meet Shah to protest against attacks on its workers

Tripura civic polls: TMC MPs meet Shah to protest against attacks on its workers


A delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmakers met Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday to register their protest against the alleged police brutality and attacks on its workers of the Tripura unit ahead of the civic polls in the northeastern state.

 

“We told him in detail how leaders were arrested and MPs were beaten up. He said he spoke to Tripura chief minister over the phone yesterday and will seek a report from the state,” TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The Trinamool MPs said on Sunday that they would protest against the alleged disruptions caused by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers during campaigning in Tripura. Numerous clashes between both sets of cadres have been reported over the past month ahead of the civic body polls in the state.

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday also called for support for her party’s workers in Tripura and said she will discuss the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her meeting with him this week. The West Bengal chief minister attacked her Tripura counterpart Biplab Deb and accused him of creating an atmosphere of lawlessness in the state.

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“The administration, the BJP and the chief minister himself are defying the Supreme Court verdict. The Tripura issue will be raised in Delhi, Mumbai and everywhere else. I’ll meet the PM regarding this issue. They want to capture power and bulldoze the federal structure in the name of cooperative federalism,” Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

She was referring to the Supreme Court order issued earlier this month which instructed the Tripura police to ensure that no political party is prevented from exercising their rights in accordance with the law for campaigning in a peaceful manner.

Tensions remain high as another TMC lawmaker and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is currently in Agartala despite permission being denied for his roadshow.

Over the past week, several clashes have been reported and the Tripura police also detained TMC youth wing leader Saayoni Ghosh for allegedly disturbing a public meeting, which was attended by Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb.

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Former Union minister and ex-BJP leader Babul Supriyo also alleged that on Saturday he was harassed by BJP cadres as he was assessing poll preparations. The BJP workers denied these allegations.

Tripura civic body polls are scheduled to be held on November 25.

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