NRC Row: TMC Observes State-Wide Black Day


Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) are observing “black day” throughout West Bengal on Saturday to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam on Thursday, a senior party leader said on Friday.

TMC black day was observed in different parts of the state. Under the leadership of minister Subrata Mukherjee, black day was observed at Gariahat. A rally was taken out where the rejection of the draft NRC Assam list was demanded.

TMC black day was also observed in Gopalnagar where the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was burnt by TMC supporters and members.

A rally has been organised from Canning street to T board by the ruling party. TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday.

“We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the
Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters in Kolkata. The TMC party members will wear black badges.

An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.