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Mamata dares Modi, brisk PM bares soul

They warned, if it (the notice) was not given due importance, the party will lock horns with the Centre in the ongoing session of Parliament. The party has already decided for a sit-in demonstration in front of Parliament on Tuesday against Centre for curtailing MGNREGA projects.

With TMC not having participated in all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the chances of participating in the business advisory committee also being remote, the possibility of the smooth function of Parliament on Tuesday appears to be slim.

Anticipating Trinamool’s annoyance over the Bills that would usher in second generation economic reforms and its stated stance of creating barriers in their passage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an unusual gesture spoke to media outside Parliament.

He sought cooperation of Opposition and every member of the two Houses for the smooth functioning of the Session.

PM said people of the country have given the mandate to NDA to run the government, but it is the responsibility of every parliamentarian to take the nation forward. He also expressed hope that the Winter Session will be productive.

Modi, who was received in Parliament by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh, said, ‘People have vested their confidence in all the Members of Parliament and it is our duty to fulfill their expectation.’

Meanwhile, in Kolkata, Banerjee took to the streets against BJP with thousands of party supporters, throwing a challenge at the Modi government to arrest her.  She launched a frontal attack on the PM saying, ‘You may take people with you to the United States, to London, to Australia, and have selfies taken there; now if I go to Delhi are you ready to face the consequences.’

Condemning the Centre for using CBI for political interest, Banerjee dared the Centre and CBI to arrest her. ‘I am standing right here. Come and arrest us. How many can you arrest? Build as many prisons as you can,’ she roared.

Trinamool’s fresh round of agitation has followed the arrest of party Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam.

Mamata Banerjee has alleged that Bose was arrested as she had participated in a function in Delhi by the Congress party to celebrate 125th anniversary of first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. ‘I will show BJP that no amount of conspiracy can stop us from carrying on development work. By conspiring BJP cannot emerge successful as we work for the people. I dare them to impose President’s rule and arrest me,’ she said.

Lashing out at Centre’s ‘poor economic policies’, she said, within six months of coming to power, the BJP led government has been ‘selling the country’. ‘By selling off everything does he hope get a Nobel Prize?’ she added. She put the blame on the Centre for the chit fund scam and said that her government has returned money to 5 lakh investors in the State. ‘We are urging the Centre to make laws so that money can be returned. Two Bills from the State have been returned by the Centre,’ she claimed.

Banerjee also raised questions about why borders with Bangladesh are not being fenced and questioned the functioning of the NDA government in dealing with the infiltration issue. ‘Even we want to stop cross -border smuggling and it was not the NIA but our police that made the first key arrest in Burdwan blast,’ she claimed.

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