Mamata Banerjee sets stormy tone ahead of Monsoon Session, calls presidential polls ‘ vote against justice’

As the monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee set a stormy tone and refused to "bow" before the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

"We will play an aggressive role in the Parliament. We are ready to go to jail but will not bow our heads," Banerjee said as per PTI.

She called demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) the biggest scams in the country, according to ANI.

Banerjee also urged non-NDA political parties to unite against the BJP and stand with the people. "All opposition parties must unite together. This is the best time," she said. Speaking on the presidential elections, she said, "We voted for Meira Kumar to register our protest against present atrocities in the country," reported PTI. She called the election a "vote against justice".

BJP and TMC have been at loggerheads over the Nepali-speaking Gorkhas' protests for a separate Gorkhaland, with Mamata accusing the BJP of fuelling unrest in West Bengal to destabilise her government. Mamata also boycotted the all-party meeting held ahead of the crucial Monsoon Session on Sunday.

"The TMC has decided to boycott the all-party meeting," party leader and Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien said last week about the customary meeting that the parliamentary affairs minister calls on the eve of a Parliament sessio...

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