Kolkata: Trinamool MPs, from both Houses, protested in front of Gandhi statue inside the Parliament complex today, against the amendment to the FCRA Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha in din, without discussion.
The amendment to Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 (FCRA) Bill makes foreign donations to political parties of India legal, right from August 5, 1976. Trinamool had also protested against an earlier amendment, which sought to make the date September 26, 2010.
The amendment was passed within half-an-hour on March 19 amid a lot of din. Nobody was given the opportunity to discuss it.
Trinamool Congress has always been opposed to the Bill as it gives opportunities for unscrupulous people to donate their black money saved in foreign bank accounts to Indian political parties. With the acceptance of the change of date, donations over the last almost 42 years has been legalised too.