Mamata Banerjee’s party has alleged that its MPs and leaders were “mistreated and mercilessly dragged away” by police on day 2 of their protest in Delhi over central funds.
The Trinamool Congress, which held a dharna at the Union Rural Development Ministry, alleged that External Affairs Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti refused to meet them and said she would not meet more than five representatives.
The Trinamool leaders, who had brought bundles of letters addressed to the Prime Minister and the Rural Development Minister, refused to leave until the minister met them.
Led by Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, a group of party MPs, the state cabinet ministers sat on a dharna, which continued till 9 pm.
At this point, the party claims, police broke up the protest and arrested several leaders.
“Ek MP ke saath aisa kar rahe hai aap log (You are doing this to an MP),” MP Mahua Moitra said as she was picked up by female police officers and dragged away.
The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has accused the BJP-led NDA government of withholding Rs 15,000 crore in dues from the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Prime Minister Awas Yojana.
The BJP has rejected the charge and accused the Trinamool of playing a ‘drama’ in Delhi to divert attention from the scam in West Bengal.