The NRC row in Assam has snowballed into a major political controversy with Trinamool lawmakers, on a visit to the northeastern state, being detained at Silchar airport and at the organisational level, three key party leaders quitting opposing Mamata Banerjee's stance.
Assam Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Dwipen Pathak said he has decided to quit the party after Ms Banerjee and Trinamool leadership did not pay heed to his request that a party delegation should not be sent to Assam.
In fact, sources said Pathak's resignation came within hours of a Trinamool delegation arriving at the Silchar airport in the Bengali-dominated Barak valley and were detained.
Trinamool MP Saugata Roy raised the issue in Lok Sabha during post lunch session and the Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai said the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will look into the matter. Members of Trinamool delegation, including Lok Sabha MPs Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Arpita Ghosh and Ratna De Nag, were detained at the airport by police. (UNI)