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TMC to Raise Adani-Hindenburg Row, LIC, SBI Issues in Parliament


As the parliament’s budget session resumes, the Trinamool Congress will raise the Adani-Hindenburg issue again. Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O-Brien said the party would also signal concerns such as LIC and SBI’s risk exposure, rise in prices of essential commodities, unemployment and ‘misuse’ of central agencies during the second phase of the session.

“We also want to fuel political vendetta against the opposition-ruled states, including withholding funds in programs such as MGNREGS and PMAY that are critical to much of the vulnerable population,” said O’Brien.

Days after the arrest of AAP leader Manish Sisodia, several opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging abuse of central research offices. O’Brien said the TMC would raise the issue again during the session.

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O’Brien said the floor strategy was decided by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and the party’s general secretary Abhishek Banerjee after a meeting also attended by him and Sudip Bandyopadhyay (the TMC’s Lok Sabha floor leader). He also said consultations will be held with other opposition parties before the session begins.

The party intends to highlight LIC’s exposure to the Adani Group and how price increases affect the lives of the common man. TMC, the second largest opposition party in parliament, has also revived its demand for the women’s reservation law to be introduced.

While the Congress continues to demand that the Joint Parliamentary Committee investigate the allegations related to the Adani group, others such as the Samajwadi Party, the left parties and DMK have launched their strong protests against the alleged attack on the federal structure and the misuse of institutions.

(With input from agencies)

Joanna Swanson

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