In a bid to expand the organizational base in the Northeast, including the BJP-ruled Assam and Tripura, the Trinamool Congress would celebrate the party’s foundation day on January 1 by organizing mega-events.
As per reports, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and party leader Abhishek Banerjee would visit Assam and Meghalaya before Christmas to strengthen party organizations in the two northeastern states.
Meghalaya opposition leader Mukul Sangma, along with 11 Congress MLAs joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) last month claiming that the Congress has failed as an effective opposition in the country, and the TMC would be a pan-India viable alternative opposition party.
The latest political development in the northeast state is a major boost for Banerjee, who after the March-April assembly election success in her state, has been trying to expand her party’s footprint beyond Bengal.
TMC’s Rajya Sabha member Sushmita Dev on Monday said that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura is frightened after going through the Trinamool Congress’ vote share in the recent civic polls.
“People have seen how BJP restored its vote share through rigging, booth jamming, attacking and intimidating the opposition parties and also adopting other unfair means,” Dev told reporters.
She said that party leaders would visit every Tripura village to make the people aware of the misgovernance of the BJP and their anti-people policies.
“To highlight the common people’s issues, a ‘Raj Bhawan Abhiyan’ (March to Raj Bhawan) would be organised next month,” she said.
Tripura Trinamool Convener Subal Bhowmik said that it is the democratic right of every political party to hold campaigns.
“But the BJP government, most of the time, has not allowed the TMC to hold any organizational event in the state. During the recently held civic polls, the state authorities denied permission for several Trinamool campaigns,” Bhowmik said.