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Mamata Banerjee to stay away from Sonia-convened anti-CAA protest in Delhi

At the forefront: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leading a rally in North 24 Parganas.

At the forefront: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leading a rally in North 24 Parganas.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is upset over “violence unleashed by Left and Congress during the 24-hour general strike”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said in the Assembly she would stay away from the January 13 meeting of the Opposition parties to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Ms. Banerjee said her decision was against violence unleashed by the Left and the Congress during the 24-hour general strike on Wednesday. The strike affected normal life and violence was also reported from different parts of the State.

“I won’t attend the meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi as a protest against the Congress-Left hooliganism during Wednesday’s strike,” she said. She said she would fight against the CAA and the NRC alone. She said she had earlier agreed to participate in the meeting but had withdrawn after what the CPI(M) and the Congress has done. Accusing the Left and the Congress of “double standards”. she said they were trying to damage the State’s economy by resorting to strikes.

The decision of the Chief Minister assumes importance as the Trinamool Congress chairperson had held multiple protests against the CAA including a march at Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas on Thursday.

Leader of the Opposition and Congress MLA Andul Mannan said he received a call from the All India Congress Committee asking about the cancellation plan of the Chief Minister. “I got a call from Delhi. I told them that we wanted to bring a resolution against the CAA in the Assembly which was not allowed,” he told journalists.

Leader of the Left Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty said the success of the strike in Bengal had infuriated the Chief Minister. “She has not got approval from her bosses in Delhi that is why she is not going for the Opposition meeting,” Mr. Chakraborty said, alleging tacit understanding between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

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