TMC MPs protest outside PMO, protests on in state

New Delhi/ Kolkata
5 Jan 2017
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) today took its protest against arrest of its leader in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) as its MPs and slogan-shouting supporters managed to sneak into the high- security zone and reach right in front of the PMO.
Its MPs from Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha, including Saugata Roy and Derek O'Brien, and a few party supporters managed to reach South Block, which houses the PMO. They shouted anti-Modi slogans before the Delhi Police rounded them up and took them away. TMC has a total strength of 45 MPs in both Houses and almost all of them turned up to protest. The MPs went right up to the entrance of South Block, but were stopped at the first check point. "We are protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation and political vendetta against the Trinamool Congress. So, the protest will go on. Wherever we get opportunity, we will protest," Roy said before being whisked away.
The protesters managed to slip through despite police barricades on the road leading to South Block and heavy checking of vehicles. South Block has Rashtrapati Bhawan on one side and houses ministries of defence and external affairs on the other. The protestors gathered just when a pre-Budget meeting of financial regulators at the finance ministry opposite South Block got over. For the third consecutive day today, the TMC organised protests here and across West Bengal over the arrest of its MP. Incidents of BJP offices being ransacked by alleged TMC workers were reported from several parts of the state. TMC supporters set up road blockades and shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, accusing the Centre of pursuing vendetta politics. Effigies of Modi and Shah were also burnt. State minister Sashi Panja led a rally in the central part of the city to protest against "dictatorship" of the Modi government.
Several BJP workers had been injured when TMC activists attacked the party headquarters in the city with stones day before yesterday followed by yesterday's bomb and stone attacks on the homes of state BJP leaders.