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TMC for moratorium on loans, opposes communal violence Bill

Getting a fair financial deal from the UPA Government is uppermost on Banerjee’s mind  and this is what her party’s MPs have been briefed on at a meeting at Nabanna in Kolkata. ‘The state earning is Rs 40,000 crore and the Centre takes away Rs 19,000 crore as interest on loans.

It is very difficult to operate on such a tight budget. We will lobby for waiving the interest on loans in the House in this session,’ MP Sisir Kumar Adhikari told Millennium Post.

In fact, Banerjee has been protesting against the UPA government’s refusal to grant the state a moratorium on interest on loans and her party MPs pulled out of ministerial berths  when she decided to quit the central government earlier this year. But there are other bones of contention. ‘If a Bill is introduced on communal harmony in this session we will  protest. This whole issue is a state subject and we will oppose it tooth and nail’, Trinamool MP Saugata Ray told
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‘Just a few months before the Model Code of Conduct for general elections comes into being, the central government has again brought a Bill called ‘Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, which impinges upon the domain of maintenance of law and order by the state government. It looks like a political vendetta’, complained Banerjee in her Facebook page.

Another point where the Trinamool Congress  will lock horns with the UPA government in the winter session is Teesta water sharing between India and Bangladesh. ‘We have to give up 1700 acres of land while Bangaldesh has to give up only 700 acres. Besides a severe water crisis is already a concern in North Bengal’, rued Adhikari.

Also, another reason why AITC will collide with the Congress-led UPA Government is the ‘arbitrary’ modification of certain central schemes.

TMC calls for AK Ganguly’s resign


Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Wednesday demanded the resignation of former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Ganguly as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) in the wake of allegation of sexual harassment by a woman law intern. ‘TMC has noted with anxiousness and concern the charges of sexual harassment against Justice Ganguly,’ Derek O’Brien, TMC parliamentary party chief whip in Rajya Sabha, told a news agency. ‘While the charges made by the intern relate to an earlier period, it cannot but leave an impact on public perception of his current role as chairman of WBHRC,’ party national spokesperson said.

TMC, O’Brien said, has followed an approach of zero tolerance when it comes to safety and dignity of women in workplace and ‘toxic phenomenon of sexual harassment’. It is for people in senior position in public life to act as role models and not just in upholding the standard of conducts with female colleagues but also in responding expeditiously and with sensitivity when they themselves face charges of this nature.
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