Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 22:11 IST
Kolkata [Calcutta], India
Parties are gearing up forward of the Tripura Assembly elections, set to happen on February 16. The All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), which is a brand new participant in the north-eastern state, held its technique assembly in Kolkata on Friday.
While the Left Front and Congress can be contesting the elections collectively, the TMC has determined to battle it alone.
TMC National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee chaired the assembly with MP Sushmita Dev, the social gathering’s Tripura President Pijush Kanti Biswas and State In-charge Rajib Banerjee.
The assembly lasted for over two hours and seat to seat dialogue came about, sources informed CNN-News18.
“We will contest ourselves, last time BJP got all non-Left votes there, therefore this time we are the only alternative,” Sushmita Dev told News18. “Left-Congress themselves have said that it’s seat sharing and not an alliance and their track record of alliances in the past has not been good. Competitively, TMC is the new alternative and we have a track record of defeating BJP,” she said.
Though the Left Front-Congress alliance has given out a call for secular democratic parties to come together to oust the BJP, CPI(M) Secretary Jitendra Choudhury told News18 that they don’t want TMC in it.
TMC is not interested in an alliance with the Left and the Congress as well, sources said. However, they will take time on their strategies with indigenous parties. They may take certain strategic decisions so that BJP is hit in every aspect, as per sources
TMC’s Tripura in-charge Rajib Banerjee said, “We have 120 application for 60 seats, everything has been briefed to the party high command. Now things will be finalised very soon.”
Party insiders stated that Abhishek Banerjee is more likely to go to Tripura in the final week of January, whereas West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee can be there in the ultimate lap of campaigning.
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