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Trinamool Leader Abhishek Banerjee Labels Detention a ‘Black Day’ For Indian Democracy

Speaking out against his detention, Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee calls it a "black day" for Indian democracy.

Abhishek Banerjee: After being detained during a sit-in at Krishi Bhawan in Delhi, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including Abhishek Banerjee, were freed by Delhi Police in the early hours of Wednesday. Abhishek Banerjee told the media that it is a “black day for Indian democracy” following his brief arrest. “Those who are fighting for the people of Bengal were made to wait for 3 hours. The minister ran away. We were sitting there peacefully but suddenly the security personnel manhandled all of us, including women,” Banerjee said.

TMC General Secretary Condemns Dragging and Humiliation During Detention

TMC general secretary Continued saying that, “The way we were dragged and humiliated, today marks a black day for democracy. Photographs don’t lie. The way our MPs were harassed is out in the open.” He also demanded a “Raj Bhavan Chalo” march on October 5 in Kolkata, alleging that the police had mistreated the party members who were in protest.

Abhishek Banerjee’s Call to Action

Abhishek Banrejee said that “I will carry out a ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ campaign against the manhandling done by the police, on October 5 at 3 pm with 1 lakh people at Raj Bhavan. Will also meet the Governor and hand over the 50 lakh letters to him.” Mamata Banerjee, the head of the TMC and the chief minister of West Bengal, strongly denounced the police action against the members of her party.

Mamata Banerjee Condemns BJP’s Actions

In a post on X (Twitter) Mamata Banerjee said, “Today is a dark, sinister day for democracy, a day when BJP revealed their disdain for the people of Bengal, their disregard for the rights of the poor and a complete abandonment of democratic values.” She added, “First, they callously withheld crucial funds meant for the poor of Bengal and when our delegation arrived in Delhi, determined to peacefully protest and draw attention to the plight of our people, they were met with brutality – first at Rajghat and then at Krishi Bhavan.” Mamata Banerjee said that the Delhi Police “shamelessly manhandled” TMC leaders and served as the “BJP’s strong-arm.”

TMC’s Protest Intensifies

Tuesday during their protest demanding the release of MGNREGA funding, the TMC detained about 30 leaders, according to the Delhi Police. Party members circulated videos of the leaders being ejected from Krishi Bhawan by the police, including MP Mahua Moitra. Abhishek Banerjee is the leader of the TMC team, which also includes MPs and MLAs. The delegation has been in Delhi since Monday. On Gandhi Jayanti, they started a dharna at Rajghat to demand the release of MGNREGA payments.

TMC Delegation Aims to Confront Rural Development Issues

The TMC delegation protested on Tuesday at Jantar Mantar and then marched to the Ministry of Rural Development at Krishi Bhawan. They were to meet with Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, the minister of state. After an hour and a half of waiting, the Union minister reportedly refused their request to meet.

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