New Delhi, March 16: Two Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Sugata Bose and Dinesh Trivedi on Tuesday reportedly boycotted the party's protest agenda outside Parliament.
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Reason: They believe the party's image has been hurt by the Narada sting operation showed a number of leaders and ministers of the party 'accepting' bribes.
According to a report published in Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika, the two parliamentarians expressed their dissatisfaction at a meeting of the party's MPs from both Houses and they were not seen at the TMC's protest over issues like Aadhar Card and public service near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament premises. Another MP Moon Moon Sen also spoke to the MPs at the meeting, reports said.
However, the TMC MPs who gathered for the protest soon turned the occasion into a political one and attacked the Opposition in sharp terms. The Opposition said the party has been so rattled that it is using a national podium to retaliate against the charges.
Why party not clearing stand, wonder some MPs
Another report said some TMC MPs were surprised that the party was not clearing the air on the Narada sting operation, particulary when this episode has put its biggest capital---honesty---under a serious threat.
The discomfort in the TMC camp could be felt after party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a clean chit to her party's honesty but did not challenge the content of the footage.
It was also said that the TMC's retaliation against the source of the funds for the operation suggested that it was validating the claim that the operation had indeed taken place.