Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee chief Pijush Kanti Biswas taking part in online protest through Facebook on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: Amid the lockdown and restriction on mass gathering imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the Congress party on Thursday registered their protest using social media in Tripura.

Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee leaders including state chief Pijush Kanti Biswas and vice-president Tapas Dey were seen holding live sessions on different social media platforms using the hashtag ‘#SpeakUpIndia’.

Speaking with EastMojo, Biswas said that the party heads had decided to hold an online nationwide protest against the central government’s mismanagement that has affected the lives of crore of migrant workers and labourers.

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“Around 50 lakh Congress party supporters and workers from across the country were estimated to join the online protest on different social media platforms demanding assistance for the migrant workers, daily wage earners, and small businessmen affected by the pandemic,” Biswas said.

The online protest started from 11 am and continued till 2 pm where all the PCC leaders and the party workers joined the protest using different platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

“Since the announcement of the lockdown, in the last two months, crores of migrant workers and labourers have lost their jobs. From walking hundreds of kilometres to starving for food, a number of them have died on their way to home,” Biswas added.

Speaking with EastMojo, vice-president Dey said that around 10,000 supporters and workers participated in the online session from across the state.

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The report of the live sessions and online protests would be forwarded to the AICC media cell after compiling the numbers. So far, we have received over 6,500 links of the online session, Dey said.

Dey also said that even AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi have been suggesting them to provide direct assistance of Rs 10,000 and Rs 7,500 for subsequent five months in addition to free food for the needy.

The AICC chief held a video conference with all the PCC chiefs and directed to take required measures to make the campaign successful.

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“The Centre has failed to provide support and assistance to the workers suffering with the outbreak of COVID-19. The Centre had assured that nobody will lose their jobs and the payment of their wages would continue, but now even as the companies are laying off the worker, the government has continued ignoring the apathy,” Dey added.

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