The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has hit back at Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his “red carpet” remark against Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
“I give no importance to what he (Sarma) says. He is a ‘dal badlu’ (party hopper). He became chief minister after replacing Sarbananda Sonowal, who is a very good man. He left Congress because Tarun Gogoi became the chief minister,” TMC leader Saugata Roy told a news agency.
Roy said that under Sarma’s rule, Assam police personnel died in the Mizoram border dispute, Dimasa rebels kill truck drivers.
“The situation in Assam is grave. He shouldn’t comment on West Bengal, and instead, look after his own state. TMC will go to Assam…,” he added.
Assam chief minister Sarma on Sunday said he is ready to roll out the red carpet for West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool president Mamata Banerjee to Assam.
“The more she visits Assam and Tripura, the more it will benefit us (BJP). It will be beneficial for us if she visits Assam and Tripura as the votes will be divided between Congress and TMC. I will welcome her by rolling out a red carpet,” he told reporters in Siliguri.
The TMC leader expressed his confidence that the party will do well in Assam in the future.
“We shall get minority votes, Bengali votes and shall also get Assamese Hindu votes in Assam…TMC hopes to do well in Assam in the future,” he added.