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.