West Bengal: BJP ‘walks out’ of House demanding Mamata Banerjee’s statement on Sandeshkhali issue

Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs in the West Bengal Assembly appealed to the Chief Minister on the Sandeshkhali issue. Mamata Banerjee ‘Walked out’ from the House on Thursday, demanding a statement from the Prime Minister. Protests are taking place in Sandeshkhali over alleged atrocities on local people by ruling Trinamool Congress leaders. Mamata Banerjee was not present in the House at the time of the uproar. Party MLAs, led by BJP chief whip Manoj Tigga, demanded a statement from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on this issue. Assembly Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay asked the opposition MLAs to maintain order.

BJP MLAs ‘walked out’ of the House raising slogans

After this, BJP MLAs ‘walked out’ of the House raising slogans against the government. Tigga told reporters, “We decided to ‘walk out’ as there has been no statement from the Chief Minister on this issue.” There is anarchy in Sandeshkhali and we are not allowed to go there. TMC chief whip Nirmal Ghosh said that the BJP is trying to spoil the atmosphere of the state and ‘disrupt’ the assembly proceedings.

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Six BJP MLAs, including Leader of Opposition Subhendu Adhikari, were suspended from the House on Monday for protesting over the Sandeshkhali issue. Protests continued in Sandeshkhali for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, where a large number of women took to the streets and demanded the arrest of TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan. There are allegations against Shahjahan and his associates of forcibly occupying land and sexually harassing women. Last month, the Enforcement Directorate team had gone to raid Shahjahan’s residence in connection with the investigation into the alleged ration scam. During this time the mob attacked him. He is absconding since last month.

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