Trinamool Congress, which is angry over the arrest of its two MPs by CBI in connection with the chitfund scam, will not attend Parliament on February 1 when the Budget is presented, citing Saraswati Puja on that day as the reason.
Trinamool will also not attend the all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan this evening ahead of the Budget session of Parliament beginning on Tuesday.
“Trinamool will not attend Parliament on February 1 because of Saraswati Puja which is a big day in Bengal,” party leader and MP Derek O’Brien told PTI.
He said that on Saraswati Puja, day, there is a custom of keeping away from work and not even touching the tools.
“Saraswati Puja is beyond a religious festival. It is a socio-cultural festival of Bengal,” he added.
Budget will be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday.
About not attending this eveningâ€™s all-party meeting, he said this was because Trinamool supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee RPT Banerjee had called a meeting of party MPs for today â€œ10 days backâ€.
Asked whether the party was â€œboycottingâ€ these proceedings or just skipping, he replied, â€œIt is open for your interpretationâ€.
Trinamool Congress has been angry over the arrest of its two MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Pal by CBI in connection with the Rose Valley Group chit fund scam.