TMC mega rally Highlights: Central agencies threatening TMC leaders to join BJP, says Mamata Banerjee

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Updated:Jul 21, 2019 3:23:03 pm

TMC Mega rally: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she would request the Election Commission to conduct the upcoming Panchayat and Municipal elections through ballot paper.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to announce her plans for the 2021 assembly elections in the state.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that central agencies are threatening her party leaders and the elected representatives with prison in chit fund scam cases if they don’t get in touch with the BJP. The Trinamool Congress held a mega rally in Kolkata to mark the Martyrs Day. TMC observes Martyr Day every year on July 21 to commemorate the 13 people who were killed in police firing when Mamata Banerjee, then a Youth Congress leader in 1993, was leading a protest to the secretariat demanding that the voters’ card be the only document needed to cast a vote.

TMC Chief took to Twitter to mark the day of the protest and said this year the TMC has given a call to ‘Restore Democracy. No Machines, Bring Ballots Back’. Banerjee has been a vocal critic of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and has raised questions on the machine’s credibility from time to time.

Sunday’s rally comes at a time when the party is facing a major crisis after the BJP’s impressive performance in the state during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. The saffron party won 18 of the 42 seats in West Bengal, just four less than the ruling TMC. Party workers from across the state attended the rally in Kolkata. The party made elaborate arrangements to provide for food and accommodation to all the TMC workers coming to attend the rally.

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    13:22 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    TMC mega rally: Would request EC to conduct panchayat polls through ballot paper, says Mamata

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she would request the Election Commission to conduct the upcoming Panchayat and Municipal elections through ballot paper.

    13:11 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    Mamata Banerjee alleges BJP won 2019 elections by cheating

    In Lok Sabha elections they won by cheating- by using EVMs, CRPF and Central Police & Election Commission They just got 18 seats, by getting few seats they are trying to capture our party offices and beating our people.

    13:08 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    2019 elections is not a history, but a mystery: Mamata Banerjee

    Addressing the rally at Kolkata, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee referred to the BJP making inroads in the 2019 elections a mystery. She also pitched for the use of ballot boxes instead of EVMs.

    12:23 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    TMC Martyrs' Day rally: Party workers arrive in Kolkata

    TMC workers from across the state arrived in Kolkata on Saturday. TMC Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee went to Central Park on Sarutday evening to take stock of the preparations and interact with party workers.

    11:40 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    Replace EVMs with ballot papers, demands Mamata

    TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said that electoral reforms were needed in India to save democracy in India. "Do not forget that the EVMs were earlier used in England, France, Germany and America. But they have now stopped using them.... So why cannot we bring the ballot papers back?" she said.

    10:19 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    TMC accuses BJP of trying to 'foil' rally

    The Trinamool Congress on Saturday accused the BJP of trying to disrupt their mega rally. The party also filed an FIR against state president Dilip Ghosh for threatening to drag TMC leaders out of buses while on their way to the rally, if they did not return the 'cut money' they had taken from people.

    09:19 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    Ahead of mega rally, Mamata calls for 'restoration of democracy'

    Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Sunday urging people to fight for the restoration of democracy in India. She also paid tribute to the 13 people who were killed in police firing on Jule 21, 1993.

    08:31 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    TMC mega rally: Elaborate arrangements made for worker's accomodation

    TMC has made arrangements in Kolkata to accomodate its workers coming from different parts of the state. Four camps have been set up in the city - in Gitanjali Stadium in south Kolkata, Khudiram Anushilan Kendra in central Kolkata, Uttirna in Alipore and Central Park in Salt Lake a report in the Indian Express said.

    07:53 (IST)21 Jul 2019
    Prashant Kishor to attend TMC's show of strength

    Poll strategist Prashant Kishor will attend the Trinamool Congress' mega rally in Kolkata on Sunday. Read full story here

    Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had alleged that crores of rupees were spent by the parties during the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls and deemed the practice as corruption. "Some are saying it amounts to thousands of crores. I want to know, where did all this money come from? Every party cannot spend so much money. This is corruption. Money was sent to different fake bank accounts. Money was transferred even using RTGS," she said.