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In setback to Mamata Banerjee, her nephew seen leading protest against West Bengal government

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WION Kolkata, West Bengal, India Jun 13, 2019, 09.03 PM (IST) Pooja Mehta

In a major setback to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, voices of dissent are growing from within the Trinamool Congress party and her own family. 

On a day Banerjee refused to succumb under pressure created by the agitating junior doctors on strike across all government-run hospitals in the state, a video has surfaced showing Banerjee’s nephew, Dr Abesh, leading a protest rally showing solidarity with the agitating junior doctors of the Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital (NRS). 

Abesh, who is the son of Banerjee’s brother Kartick Banerjee, is a doctor with KPC Medical College and Hospital. Sources say Abesh led a protest rally on Wednesday from KPC hospital to NRS hospital. 

This video comes at a time when the Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim’s daughter took to Facebook to register her protest against the government and police inaction. She took to Facebook and wrote, "For those who do not know doctors in the government and most private hospitals are boycotting OPDs but are still working in the emergency.  For those saying, ‘Ono rugider ki dosh’ meaning what is the fault of the patients, please question the government as in why the police officers posted in government hospitals do little to nothing to protect doctors”. 

“Please question why goons are still surrounding hospitals and beating up doctors? We have a right to peaceful protest. We have a right to safety at work,” she added.  
 

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Abesh, who is the son of Banerjee’s brother Kartick Banerjee, is a doctor with KPC Medical College and Hospital.