Agartala: Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee will lead a padyatra in Agartala on September 15 to protest against the “BJP-IPFT government misrule”, said TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh on Friday.

Ghosh, who has arrived in Tripura to oversee the preparations for the padyatra, was speaking to reporters at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport at Agartala.

“The Tripura government is afraid and the BJP is resorting to violence across the state. However, this cannot stop the TMC from reaching out to the people. The people of Tripura do not want the BJP anymore; they want TMC,” Ghosh said.

He also said the rally is aimed at protesting against the “BJP’s misrule, anti-people decision, not keeping its promises and cheating the state’s terminated teachers”.

“The party leader will protest against the misrule in the state and present the actual model of development that we have to offer for the people of Tripura,” Ghosh added.

On the recent violence that rocked parts of Agartala, Ghosh said the TMC condemns any kind of violence and extends full sympathy and moral support for these who suffered. However, he maintained that the CPI-M was nowhere in the state politics and “it has lost the ground”.

“Since the CPI-M remained inside their houses following their defeat, the BJP is attacking them to keep the CPI-M in limelight to divert the attention from TMC’s popularity among the people. We appeal to the Left workers that they continue the fight and struggle, but cast their vote for the TMC, as we are forming the government,” Ghosh added.

The Trinamool Congress had started its journey in Tripura in 1999, holding the hands of former chief minister of Tripura Sudhir Ranjan Majumder. However, it has not been able to make much difference in the last two decades. The TMC had filed nominations in 24 seats during in the 2018 Assembly elections, but failed to win a single seat and secured a mere 0.3 per cent vote share.

In 2016, six Congress MLAs led by former TPCC president Sudip Roy Barman had defected to the TMC. These MLAs later joined the BJP ahead of the 60-member Assembly elections held in 2018 on the plea that they received no support from Mamata Banerjee’s party during crisis.

BJP state spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said any political party has the right to organise political rallies and demonstrations, but the important thing is the support of the people.

“We can see our BJP workers in Bengal are being badly thrashed and beaten by TMC  workers. They (TMC) have failed to fulfill their promises made prior to elections and are crying foul for the teachers here,” Bhattacharjee.

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