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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Mamata Bannerjee back to Congress-bashing spree after Puja

Ravik Bhattacharya , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, October 14, 2013
First Published: 10:07 IST(14/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:10 IST(14/10/2013)

Targeting the Congress at the Centre, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to go for a mass agitation programme after the festive season, highlighting issues like price rise, Metro fare hike and ‘neglecting’ Bengal.

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This stir will be aimed at roping in regional parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year.

The agitation, which will be initiated in West Bengal, would reach Delhi soon after.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will hold demonstrations and the chief minister also plans to organise a dharna in the Capital.

“There is no other way. We cannot sit silently as the Congress-led UPA carries out its anti-people policies. It is also depriving Bengal, ignoring the state’s dues. Mamata has said that if the Centre does not listen to us, we will have to initiate a sustained campaign and hold ‘dharnas’ even in Delhi,” said Sultan Ahmed, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP.

Mamata has already asked her MPs in both houses of Parliament to be ready for agitations and ‘dharnas’ after the festive season.

The anti-Congress tirade is also expected to be the focus when in November Mamata holds a brigade rally.

The party also plans a series of rallies in Kolkata and other parts of Bengal. On Friday, Trinamool Congress protested in Kolkata against the Metro fare hike.

The Trinamool is also planning a massive rally in Delhi over issues like corruption, neglect of Bengal and price hike.

Apart from Mamata, all party leaders and MPs are likely to be present in the dharna.

Trinamool Congress is also keeping in touch with other regional party heads like Jayalalithaa and YS Jaganmohan Reddy in a bid to bring them under one plank.

The chief minister has already lashed out at the Centre over the Raghuraman Rajan Committee Report, which has put Bihar and Odisha among the worst developed states.

The Trinamool believes that the report paved the way for special states status to such states and Bengal was not under consideration.

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