Trinamool Congress (TMC) party supporters converged at Rajghat in Delhi on Gandhi Jayanti to stage a protest against the central government, alleging insufficient fund allocation for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and other social security schemes in West Bengal.
TMC workers are expected to continue their protest tomorrow, asserting that the central government has failed to disburse funds to the state for programs such as MGNREGA and AWAS Yojana, among others. TMC leaders claim that several attempts were made to obstruct the protest, including the denial of permissions and the cancellation of trains and flights intended for participants traveling to the national capital. Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee revealed that verbal permission had been granted for the Jantar Mantar protest, while written permission was still pending.
Banerjee was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on October 3, the day initially planned for the protest in Delhi, in connection with an ongoing investigation into a cash-for-school job scam.
Previously, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Susmita Dev criticized the central government for refusing to provide special trains for MGNREGA job cardholders from West Bengal to reach Delhi. Dev emphasized that the people of Bengal were determined to protest in Delhi and were ready for the challenge.
She said, “A well-known airline like Vistara had a flight booked with 120 people traveling to Delhi for the protest, but without any explanation, Vistara canceled the entire flight, which included TMC leaders. It is evident that the BJP recognizes the significance of people from Bengal coming to Delhi to protest against the Union government. They may try to hinder it, but thousands are arriving by buses and will reach Delhi under the leadership of CM Mamata Banerjee and General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee.”
Thousands of MGNREGA job cardholders from West Bengal had embarked on a journey to the national capital in several buses arranged by Trinamool Congress (TMC) to demand payment for 100 days of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. Their protest, under the banner ‘Dilli Cholo: A fight for our rights!’, aimed to highlight their grievances and seek the settlement of arrears.
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