Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Three months after defeating BJP in West Bengal elections, the Trinamool Congress seems to be inclined to be using the former’s Modus Operandi of pulling ruling MLAs ahead of Tripura assembly elections to be held in 2023.
After the visit of TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, the TMC has started reaching out to BJP’s ‘rebel’ MLAs including the former health minister Sudip Roy Barman who was axed from the state cabinet post-Lok Sabha elections.
For some time now a section of BJP leaders have voiced against the present state leadership and demanded a change in faces. However, they have been rebuffed time and again by the central leadership.
On Monday, the disgruntled leaders including six MLAs held a closed-door meeting at MLA hostel to discuss their next course of action and possibilities to join the TMC.
The meeting was attended by MLAs Asish Das, Asish Kumar Saha, Parimal Debbarma, Burbu Mohan Jamatia, Dibachandra Hrangkhawl and Sudip Roy Barman. Other senior leaders were also present in the meeting at Roy Barman’s official residence.
It is learned that a team of MLAs would be visiting West Bengal shortly to meet the TMC supremo and to hold discussions on their prospects with the TMC party.
Earlier, the TMC national general secretary had said that several leaders from the BJP were in contact with the latter, even though he did not specify the names.
The senior leader has also announced that within August 15, the state committee would be announced for Tripura. However, following the police action against the TMC youth leaders and FIR against 6 TMC leaders, the TMC has postponed its plans.
The TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is also likely to visit Tripura later in September to announce the state organization. At the same time, BJP has started preparing a roadmap for the upcoming elections, and visits of the central leaders and union ministers have already begun.