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TMC staying away from ILP to save vote bank, says NPP youth wing

Shillong, Aug 13: The NPP youth wing on Saturday said the Trinamool Congress was staying away from the issue of inner line permit (ILP) as it would affect its vote bank.

The National People’s Youth Front (NPYF) national working president Nicky Nongkhlaw referred to the recent protest by eight Trinamool legislators in New Delhi demanding that the Centre to revoke the MoU signed between Meghalaya and Assam and immediate inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution and questioned their failure to raise the issue for implementation of ILP, which is a long pending demand of the tribal people of the state.

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“May be this was the instruction given to them (8 MLAs) not to touch on such a subject which will be very sensitive for their vote bank. That might be a very important factor as to why they have not raised this issue up, they have not taken this up,” Nongkhlaw said.

He also reminded that the top leadership of the party is in support of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

“In 2020, Mamata Banerjee gave an open statement that all Bangladeshi migrants settled in West Bengal are Indian citizens. This is the same party that is ironically talking about ILP in Meghalaya,” Nongkhlaw said and posed a question for Mukul Sangma on supporting the Trinamool Congress.

The NPYF leader said the party has no ideology due to which it has “terribly failed” across all states that it has contested in. He stated the example of Goa elections where the party got zero seats.

Nongkhlaw also alleged that TMC national general secretary and nephew of Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee, “is connected to a money laundering case linked to the Bengal coal scam due to which the Enforcement Directorate is now questioning this corrupt leader”.

The NPP youth leader also referred to the recent arrests of TMC’s Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mondal.

In July 2022, he said the Enforcement Directorate said the properties worth Rs 13.63 crore belonging to a company linked to TMC youth wing leader Vinay Mishra was involved in money laundering.

CBI also registered an FIR against the corrupt TMC leader, stating that Mishra was involved in a multi-crore coal pilferage scam related to Eastern Coalfields Limited mines in Asansol.

“Let people be reminded that Mamata Banerjee protested against Tata in Singur, saying farmers are losing their land and livelihood. They used this for petty political mileage. After being in power for the second time, TMC has not done anything for those farmers, who sit landless even today,” he added.

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