West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Friday instructed party leaders not to “collect funds, or else they will be thrown out of the party”. In fact, Abhishek Banerjee cautioned against raising funds for the Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21 and said that anyone violating the instructions will face disciplinary action.
The TMC MP today held a meeting with senior party leaders, district presidents and members of TMC’s forward organizations to prepare for the rally to be held at Esplanade after a gap of two years. A Trinamool leader said after the meeting, “During the meeting, Abhishek Banerjee asked everyone to ensure that no funds are raised by the workers for the upcoming Martyrs’ Day rally. He has warned of strict action against those violating this order. Doing so may result in expulsion from the party.
The leader said the Diamond Harbor MP and nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stressed the need to expel corrupt leaders from the party. The TMC leader said, “He (Abhishek Banerjee) has told us that the party organization will bear all the expenses of the rally. We have only been asked to ensure maximum participation of people in the programme.”
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TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee told a press conference after the in-camera meeting that efforts would be made to bring more people from north Bengal to the rally. “This time, we will break all records. We have asked our leaders to bring more people from North Bengal. We want maximum participation of common people in the rally of July 21.
‘Martyr’s Day’ is celebrated every year by TMC in the memory of 13 people killed in police firing in the year 1993. It is noteworthy that the then Youth Congress leader Mamta Banerjee had taken out a march to the Secretariat and demanded that the voter ID card should be made the only document allowing people to exercise their franchise.
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