Tripura Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Ashish Lal Singh has slammed the state BJP government over recent attacks on minorities in the state. 

“BJP is raping the culture of Tripura,” state TMC president Ashish Lal Singh said in a conversation with this correspondent. 

Singh said: “Tripura, never before witnessed any Hindu-Muslim violence. All communities – Hindus, Muslims, Christians – everybody existed with communal harmony and brotherhood. But now the BJP is spreading communal hatred in the state.” 

“This is highly condemnable,” the Tripura TMC president further added. 

Condemning the attacks on minorities in Tripura, Ashish Lal Singh went on to say that retaliation to what happened in Bangladesh is illogical.  

“What happened in Bangladesh is condemnable. But it is also the internal matter of Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh has already taken steps against the perpetrators of the violence. So, retaliating to what happened there and attacking minorities here in Tripura is illogical,” state TMC president Ashish Lal Singh said. 

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Meanwhile, while speaking on the alleged attacks on the party’s leaders and workers allegedly by BJP workers, the Tripura TMC president said that the saffron party is resorting to ‘hooliganism’ as it has got shaken by the rise of the TMC in Tripura. 

“The BJP is shaken by the rise of TMC in Tripura. They did not predict such a fast and noticeable rise of the TMC in the state. Finding no way out to counter the rise of the TMC, the BJP is resorting to such kind of hooliganism,” said Ashish Lal Singh. 

Notably, top TMC leader Sushmita Dev and several other party workers were allegedly attacked by members of the BJP in Tripura last week, where Dev launched the party’s campaign for the upcoming civic body polls.  

Apart from Sushmita Dev, many young and prominent TMC leaders have also been allegedly attacked by the BJP workers in past several months. 

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Meanwhile, Tripura TMC president Ashish Lal Singh also claimed that his party will perform exceedingly well in the upcoming civic bodies elections in Tripura. 

Elections for as many as 20 urban local bodies including the Agartala Municipal Corporation will be held on November 25. 

“The TMC will surely win six urban bodies. The numbers will rise further with almost a month left for the elections,” Tripura TMC president Ashish Lal Singh said. 

He added: “As a new party in the state’s politics the numbers that we are predicting are very good. With over a year left for the Assembly elections in Tripura, we are certain that we will be able to reach every household in the state and throw the BJP government out of power.”