Trinamool Congress not to attend Budget session citing Saraswati Puja
The West Bengal ruling party will also not attend the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan this evening ahead of the Parliament session beginning on Tuesday
Trinamool Congress announced on Monday that they will not be attending Parliament on February 1 when the Budget is presented citing Saraswati Puja on that day, but reports claim that the absence will mark the party's protest over the arrests of its two MPs in connection with Rose Valley chit fund scam.
The West Bengal ruling party will also not attend the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan this evening ahead of the Parliament session beginning on Tuesday.
“Trinamool will not attend Parliament on February 1 because of Saraswati Puja which is a big day in Bengal,” party leader in Rajya Sabha and MP Derek O’Brien told PTI.
He added that they have a custom of staying away from work and tools on the auspicious day of Saraswati Puja.
“Saraswati Puja is beyond a religious festival. It is a socio-cultural festival of Bengal,” O’Brien added.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the General Budget on Wednesday.
According to Janta Ka Reporter, when asked about not attending today's all-party meeting, Trinamool MP said it was because the party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called a meeting of party MPs for this day "10 days back".
To the questions of the party "boycotting" the session, O'Brien replied, “It is open for your interpretation”.
Trinamool Congress has been protesting aginst the arrest of its two MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Pal by CBI in connection with the chit fund scam.