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MGNREGA protest: Bengal People Ready for Delhi Battle

On Saturday, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien made a claim that the Delhi-bound flight-carrying party leaders intending to join the MGNREGA protest in the national capital on October 2 and 3 had been canceled. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the TMC leader expressed his frustration, stating, “First, they abruptly canceled special train services from Kolkata to Delhi, preventing those who intended to participate in protests on October 2 & 3, demanding tens of thousands of crores owed to Bengal by the BJP-led Union government.” “Now, even a flight gets canceled! No matter how hard you try, we WILL NOT BACK DOWN,” Derek O’Brien further emphasized on the microblogging site.

Disappointed Leaders

MGNREGA protest: West Bengal

TMC Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra also noted that flights from Kolkata to Delhi were being canceled following the cancellation of the special train. “First, a special train is canceled, and now the flights are also getting canceled! However, Delhi belongs to all of us, and we are determined to get there and voice our protest.” Moitra stated on X.

Meanwhile, TMC MP Susmita Dev criticized the central government for refusing to provide special trains for MGNREGA job cardholders from West Bengal. To reach Delhi and asserted their readiness to opt for flights as an alternative means of travel.

“The BJP has effectively initiated a conflict with the people of Bengal who are planning to travel to Delhi to demand their rightful dues from the Union government on October 2 and 3. Quoting the TMC leader, ANI reported. ‘Initially, they summoned National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee via the ED.’

‘Now, as he remains determined to travel to Delhi. They have however declined to provide special trains for the people of Bengal to reach the capital. Bengal’s residents have risen to this challenge by boarding buses and embarking on a lengthy road journey. Displaying their readiness for the struggle,’ she continued.

MGNREGA protest in Delhi

Delhi Protest

Numerous MGNREGA job cardholders from West Bengal have departed for the national capital in multiple buses organized by the TMC. For a protest scheduled on October 2 and 3, protesting against the alleged withholding of funds by the Centre. Under the banner of ‘Dilli Cholo: A fight for our rights!’. The protesters will also vocalize their demands for the settlement of purported arrears for 100 days of labor under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. The TMC has slated a large-scale demonstration at Delhi’s Raj Ghat on October 2 and 3. To express their discontent with the central government’s delay in releasing funds to West Bengal.”

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