IN the election year, Mamata Banerjee headed TMC has received another opportunity to brand the ruling BJP as ant-Bengali post Tinsukia killings in BJP ruled Assam where the party is making efforts to make its presence felt. She had deputed a high power delegation led by its Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien to emphasize with the victims’ families.TMC had organized protest rallies across West Bengal condemning the murders of five Bangla speaking persons. Even after Assam government has ordered probe ,provided INR 5 lakh per affected family and assured job for each member of the affected families, TMC has jumped the gun saying the linguistic and religious minorities are being harassed as part of a pre-planned strategy to drive them out of the NE state. Trying to make it a major issue ahead of the Lok Sabha poll, The Trinamool Congress will raise the Tinsukia mass murder in the Winter Session of Parliament. “We hit the streets protesting the mass killing of Bengali speaking people at Tinsukia, our MPs and MLAs visited the victims’ kin in Assam, now we are going to raise the issue in the Winter Session of Parliament. Atrocities on linguistic minorities can’t be allowed to take place in that State,” a TMC MP said adding how the “BJP is fanning the linguistic communalism in an otherwise peace-loving State of Assam. Another party MP from South Bengal said the “BJP’s attempt to divide people communally and linguistically will be challenged by the Trinamool Congress and our leader Mamata Banerjee at every level. We have already taken up the issue seriously. Now we will raise the issue in Parliament so as to bring it to the notice of the entire country how the BJP is running a brutal raj in Assam. Incidentally, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee never forgets to slam the Pro-Hindu national party for its “divide and rule policy”. “The BJP is driving out the Bengalis, UP wallahs from Assam and Biharis from Gujarat which will not be tolerated and fought against at every level” The TMC is also likely to raise the NRC issue in Parliament highlighting how the Bengalis were being singled out for expulsion from Assam. The TMC has organized long marches against the “discriminatory drafting” of National Register of Citizens in Assam. We have taken out rallies in Kolkata and districts where the BJP has particularly strengthened its bases so that people will understand the anti-Bengali and communal views of that party,” the MP said. When asked about the BJP’s counter move demanding an Assam-like NRC in Bengal to unite the non-Muslim voters in the districts bordering Bangladesh,the TMC leader said “the BJP is trying to mislead the people before the coming elections but we will not let that happen. This time round the BJP will not get a single Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal .Meanwhile, as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandra Babu Naidu is burning midnight oil to form a united front of opposition against NDA government with all parties including Rahul Gandhi led Congress, Bengal Congress leaders are not keen on tie-up with TMC. Senior State Congress leader and AICC Member OP Mishra said “the Chief Minister has already said that she will go it alone in the polls and win all the seats. Besides, Congress workers do not seem be interested in any electoral understanding with the TMC saying such a move will ruin the organization further. Several leaders of Bengal Left parties are also not enthusiastic to have any electoral alliance with the TMC calling it authoritarian. They consider TMC their main political opponents. Anyway, the Tinsukia killings will be supported by all opposition parties to slam the government, if it is raised in Parliament. It will also help Mamata Banerjee to project herself as the face of the proposed rainbow coalition against BJP led NDA government after replacing TDP supremo Nara Chandra Babu Naidu to the background.
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