tmc: TMC plans to meet Shah, demand compensation for Nagaland victims, repeal of AFSPA | India News

NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress MPs will be seeking an appointment with home minister Amit Shah to demand compensation for the victims of the Nagaland killings and for the repeal of the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act), according to party sources. The party will also join the entire contingent of opposition MPs from Rajya Sabha in sitting in a dharna at the Gandhi statue for the entire day, in solidarity with the 12 suspended members from the Upper House.
The decision to approach Shah by a delegation of MPs from TMC with a memorandum with the demands was taken at a parliamentary party meeting of the TMC, held in the Parliament premises on Tuesday. The meeting was presided over by party’s general secretary Abhishek Banerjee.
The TMC members have decided to ask for financial compensation for the family of the victims who were killed in firing by the security forces and also a job for a kin, it is learnt. With Nagaland chief minister and his counterpart from Meghalaya Conrad Sangma demanding repeal of the AFSPA, TMC, which is also trying to make inroads into north-eastern states have also joined the issue and would be making their demand with Shah.
At the parliamentary party meeting TMC MPs have also decided to sharpen their role as one of the lead opposition parties in the House to make an effective impact, especially on issues related to the common man. While a section of the members were unhappy at keeping totally away from the House, in protest against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members including two from TMC, and raising issues like prices rise, bank nationalisation, farmers distress, there were those who felt that the party’s moves have effectively highlighted the party’s role as a key opposition player.
On Wednesday, members from all the opposition parties have decided to stay away from the Upper House and sit in dharna at the Gandhi statue for the entire working day, in solidarity with the suspended MPs from Congress, Left parties, TMC and Shiv Sena. The joint protest by the opposition parties would also be a showcase for opposition unity, at a time when Mamata Banerjee’s TMC seems to be taking its own call, instead following the Congress line on opposition moves in Parliament.
The meeting conducted by Banerjee has taken a strong view on members who have been frequently absent from the House. Some members who have not provided proper reasons for their absence would be asked to show cause, it is learnt.
At Tuesday’s meeting Banerjee explained the TMC’s expansion plans beyond Bengal and also why the party is carving its own path while moving on common issues with Congress and other opposition parties. Banerjee spoke on how TMC is targeting states where the opposition to BJP is weak and TMC could form government or come up as the main opposition whenever elections come up there, in the context of expanding into states like Tripura, Haryana or Goa.

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