Trinamool continues protest over black money

Trinamool continues protest over black money

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), facing severe criticism over its MPs’ involvement in Saradha scam, is adopting different methods of protests to draw public attention on the black money issue they are raising inside Parliament.

On Thursday, TMC MPs walked into the Lok Sabha draped in black shawls to lend their voice to the Opposition demand for repatriating slush money stashed in foreign banks. A day before the ruling West Bengal party attended the Lower House, with proceedings armed with black umbrellas painted with “bring back black money”.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan had taken strong objection against MPs coming with umbrellas as it is illegal to bring any object inside the House. She had summoned senior leaders of the TMC to caution them that she would take action against the erring MPs if they flash it inside the House. The government allowed a debate on black money which spilled over from Wednesday to Thursday. It was slated to be completed in the evening with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s reply. TMC leaders raised slogans against it, but Speaker Mahajan went ahead with Question Hour proceedings.

Contrary to their previous day’s stand where they joined hands with the Congress and Samajwadi Party to protest closer to the Well leading to two adjournments before lunch break, TMC leaders gave up after a brief period. Last year, an MP had smuggled chilly spray into the Lok Sabha which he used inside the House demanding separate Telangana state.

 It had lead to panic and breathlessness among the members and also lead to a demand that MPs privilege of having access to Parliament without frisking should be withdrawn.

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