Tripura: Turncoat leader Subal Bhowmik returns to Trinamool Congress

Agartala: With the emergence of Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Tripura, the Congress is on the verge of virtual annihilation. According to political analysts, the situation will reach such a stage that former MLA Birjit Sinha is thinking of switching parties.

However, that task has been possible under the leadership of Subal Bhowmik, who joined Trinamool Congress along with six other leaders from the Congress in Tripura, late on Thursday evening.

Speaking with reporters, the former MLA said that he had tried his best to bring the BJP to power in Tripura. However, he feels that under the present BJP-IPFT government, their is no freedom of speech and a undemocratic environment has been created with no rule of law.

“Now, it is possible to form a government in Tripura under the leadership of Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee in the 2023 assembly elections. I am 100 percent sure,” he said.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee will arrive in Tripura on August 2. It is estimated that a big surprise is waiting in Tripura on that day because a number of Congress leaders, including from the NSUI’s state unit, are slated to join the Trinamool Congress.

At one time Subal Bhowmik was a Congress MLA. After losing the 2013 assembly elections, he left the Congress and formed a new party called the Progressive Grameen Congress. Then he dissolved the party and joined the grassroots. He did not stay at the TMC for long. Later, he joined the BJP in 2014. After joining the BJP, he was given the post of vice-president. However, he decided not to contest the 2018 Assembly elections as he could not be a candidate for the desired seat.

Later, however, with the intervention of Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, he contested from Sonamura seat, but could not win. So, he left the BJP just before the Lok Sabha elections and returned to the Congress to contest from the West Tripura Lok Sabha seat. But, he lost the elections.

He has been behind the scenes for a long time since then. It seemed that he had retired from politics. However, after a secret meeting with the grassroots leaders on Thursday, he joined the party on Friday. He also took a bunch of leaders from the Congress.

Subal Bhowmik joined the Trinamool Congress along with former councilor Panna Dey, former minister Prakash Das, Congress leader Idris Miah and a few others. According to sources, NSUI state president Rakesh Das will also join the party soon.

Bhowmik also claimed that he had made a mistake by bringing the BJP to power in Tripura, adding, “I am joining the TMC to correct that mistake. A Trinamool Congress government would be formed in Tripura in 2023 under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee.”

Meanwhile, the biggest surprise on Thursday came with the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee president Pijush Kanti Biswas, who is also a senior advocate, appearing for the I-PAC team before the court.

He filed a lawsuit before the court on behalf of I-PAC members. Not only that, he has strongly demanded that his clients should not be harassed.

Also read | Tripura: Courts grants bail to all 23 members of I-PAC team

Meanwhile, TMC leader Darek O’Brien, Bratya Basu, Moloy Ghatak, Ritabrata Banerjee left Tripura on Friday morning.

The Tripura government has been asked to ensure full security following the state visit of Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee as he enjoys Z-plus security.

A letter has been received from the government of West Bengal by the government of Tripura. He will first visit Mata Tripureswari temple in Udaipur by road on August 2 at 12 noon. From there, he will return to Agartala and hold a closed-door meeting. He will return to Kolkata in the same afternoon flight.

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