Guwahati: Several members of Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) Assam unit including its state president Ripun Bora were detained by city police on Thursday after they staged a protest in front of the luxury hotel where disgruntled Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with other rebel MLAs was staying.
They were protesting against Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma alleging the latter’s involvement of ‘horse-trading’ instead of focusing on the grim flood situation of the state.
TMC protesters alleged that Sarma was busy in politics to ‘bring down’ Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra instead of doing his job towards the people of the state.
“Over 50 lakh people in Assam are suffering due to the flood. But CM is busy toppling Maharashtra Government,” Bora alleged.
City police said that TMC workers were detained because they were protesting without prior permission.
Over 40 Maharashtra MLAs including 34 MLAs from Shiv Sena and eight Independent MLAs were present with Eknath Shinde at Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has been running out of options with its numbers slipping below the majority mark. Post the MLC elections; an exodus was witnessed in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena with rebel senior politician and Minister Eknath Shinde leading the faction.