Agartala: Three days after 22 members of Prashant Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) were detained by the Tripura police at their hotel, citing COVID-19 restrictions, a three-member delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) has arrived in the state to take stock of the situation.

The delegation, including West Bengal education minister Bratya Basu, Rajya Sabha MP Hritabrata Banerjee and law minister Moloy Ghatak arrived at Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport in Agartala on Wednesday.

Speaking with reporters, Basu said the delegation is in Agartala to take stock of the prevailing situation.

“Members of the I-PAC team are being stopped from moving around the state. Our leaders Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee have expressed their disappointment over the police action in Tripura,” Basu said.

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He also accused the BJP-IPFT government of not allowing the I-PAC team members to work in the state.

“In a democratic country, stopping the I-PAC team and keeping them under house arrest shows how fascist rule is prevailing in the state of Tripura. We have come here to hold organizational meetings and meet our activists,” Basu added.

The TMC leaders, who are on a 3-day visit to Tripura, are likely to meet the dissidents of ruling BJP and Congress.

Meanwhile, Bengal law minister Moloy Ghatak said that democracy is in danger in Tripura since the BJP-IPFT government came to power.

“We are here to meet the supporters of TMC who are frustrated since the results of the 2018 were announced. Several party offices were set on fire, many people were killed. We are here to meet our supporters,” Ghatak added.

Asish Lal Singh, who oversees the TMC’s organisational work in Tripura, said that the delegation will stay here for next three days and party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee will be visiting on Thursday.

Singh said, “The game is on. If they cannot face 23 members of I-PAC, how will they face us in the 2023 general assembly elections?”

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