Alleging that members of a TMC delegation, including women, were manhandled at the Silchar airport in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of imposing "super emergency" in the country.
The delegation had arrived to assess the situation in Assam after the publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC).
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Claiming that the BJP was exposed by this incident, Mamata sought to know under which law was the TMC delegation stopped at the Silchar airport.
Meanwhile, in a big setback to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Dwipen Kumar Pathak, the president of Assam unit of the TMC, resigned from the party over differences with her on the NRC issue.
Pathak said that whatever Mamata Banerjee has said on the NRC issue was not correct.
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“What Mamata Banerjee said about NRC, that it has been brought in Assam to drive out Bengalis, I don't agree with that. It might create disturbance here & the blame would be on me as a president, so I've resigned from the post...Mamata Banerjee is not aware of the ground reality in Assam,” Pathak said.
Earlier in the day, two other leaders of Assam TMC- Diganta Saikia and Pradeep Pachoni -also resigned from the party saying they were disappointed over Mamata Banerjee's 'civil war' and 'bloodbath' remarks on the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
Talking to media persons in New Delhi, Mamata said that when she met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the NRC issue he had assured her that no one would be harassed.
"But the TMC delegates have not been allowed to go out of the (Silchar) airport. They have been manhandled. Even women members have not been spared," she claimed.
"There is super emergency in the country. The BJP is politically exposed. They (BJP) are showing muscle power. They are suppressing facts. If there is peace (in Assam), why did they impose prohibitory order? The people of Assam are in panic," the West Bengal Chief Minister said.
Banerjee said that the TMC leaders had gone to Assam to meet the common people because the names of 40 lakh residents were not in the NRC final draft which was published on July 30.
BJP leaders had gone to Asansol in April after communal tension there over Ramnavami procession disregarding prohibitory order clamped in the area. "But we (WB government) had allowed them. We had shown courtesy," she said.
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, TMC MP and a member of the team claimed that the police stopped them at the airport saying that their visit might create trouble and manhandled them.
Reacting sharply to the incident, TMC MP Derek O’Brien also said that it was nothing but super emergency.
“This is a super emergency. The delegation did not go to break the law. They are the lawmakers and not the law breakers. A woman MLA accompanying the delegation was injured. One of the MPs is a heart patient who has a pacemaker. He was pushed,” Derek O’Brien told media persons.
"What is going on? The senior-most member of that delegation, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy had a discussion with the police. He told the police, if Section 144 is on, where is the notification; the notification was not shown to him. Trinamool Congress lawmakers did not go there to break the law. They are lawmakers, not law-breakers. That is why they even agreed to go in groups of two – four groups of two – to meet the affected people; even that they did not allow. Super-emergency is on. That is what happened today at Silchar in Assam," he said in a statement.
Four of my Lok Sabha colleagues (all women) and a lady MLA in the 8 member Trinamool delegation to Assam. #Shame at the way they were roughed up, pushed around, beaten. Video footage on channels. Here is what LS MP @SaugataRoyMP said on the issue #NRCAssam https://t.co/S7t0yjZhfS— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) August 2, 2018
(With PTI inputs)