Bengal model will show the way for 2023 and beyond: TMC's Abhishek
All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee

Agartala: All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday claimed his party would form the government in Tripura in the 2023 state assembly elections.

Banerjee promised to end what he claimed was “BJP’s misrule” and said his party follow West Bengal’s model of good governance to deliver fruits of development to the Northeastern state.

Addressing a gathering before the Rabindra Shatabrshiki Bhaban (Tagore Centenary Hall) here, Banerjee alleged that law and order has collapsed in the state and development has come to a standstill ever since the BJP came to power in Tripura.

He also termed all poll pledges made by the ruling BJP as ‘jumla’ (fake promise), as he claimed these had not been fulfilled despite the party being in power for more than three and half years.

“They say the BJP is a double engine government … (but) If we compare the reports cards of West Bengal with that of the BJP-led government in Tripura and in the Centre, we see hardly any developments there (in Tripura and nationally),” Banerjee claimed.

He said the TMC would fight in all the seats of the civic polls in the state including the Agartala Municipal Council slated for November 25 next and the 60-member assembly elections to be held in 2023 to “unseat the BJP.”

“We must fight and defeat BJP, otherwise the situation in Tripura would turn similar to Afghanistan. BJP leaders have already instigated their party workers to launch attacks on TMC activists in Talibani style,” Banerjee said, adding, “the double engine government of BJP is like corona virus and they need only one dose, which is Mamata Bandopaddhayay.”

He claimed that TMC would be able to form government in Goa in three months by defeating the BJP-led government there.

Banerjee said, TMC did not believe in forming governments by the back door.

“If we want, we can break (Goa) government even now. 15 MLAs are ready to join us, but we do not believe in back-door politics. We want to form the government in a democratic manner. We are enjoying overwhelming response from the common people, who are fed up with this government. We are sure we would form government in Tripura in 2023,” he said.

Ashish Das, a BJP legislator from Tripura, and Rajib Banerjee, a national body member of the BJP, joined the TMC on Sunday during Banerjee’s rally in Agartala.

He said TMC supremo Mamata Bandopadhyay would visit Tripura in December and address a gathering here.

“Whatever is possible to oust BJP from the government will be done. If necessary, I will spill blood,” Banerjee said.

He alleged that the government had hatched a conspiracy to cancel Sunday’s programme by misusing the police and administration, but could not succeed due to the interjection of the Tripura High Court.

The High Court of Tripura late Saturday gave permission to the Trinamool Congress to hold its planned rally after the local police had cancelled its earlier permission.

Also read: Watch: Is TMC’s re-entry into Tripura a concern for the BJP?


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