Agartala: With the Trinamool Congress (TMC) setting Tripura as the “bird’s eye”, its national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday said that his party would form the next government in the state after the 2023 assembly election.

Speaking at a press conference in Agartala, Banerjee “warned” Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb about his plan to “seize” power in the state.

During his visit to Tripura, Banerjee called for strengthening the grassroots level rather than seeking the support of the Left Front and the Congress, as the morale of the anti-BJP forces has increased. He claimed that there is a difference in the previous AITC and the new one, adding, “I will always be present in Tripura till the 2023 elections.”

Abhishek Banerjee demanded the resignation of CM Deb, who also holds the home portfolio, over the alleged attack on his convoy to Udaipur earlier in the day.

He drew the example of West Bengal in a press conference on the same day and said, “Government is at the door in Bengal, but political terrorism is at the door in Tripura.”

He alleged that the BJP was suffering from insecurity, so supporters of the ruling party attacked his convoy during his visit to Tripura Sundari temple out of fear.

“My car was attacked by BJP supporters. Three of my security personnel were injured. But I am overwhelmed by the love and blessings of the people of Tripura. The Trinamool government will be formed with the support of the people of Tripura in the 2023 assembly elections,” Banerjee said.

Abhishek Banerjee also said that whenever Central leaders come to save the government in Tripura, he himself will visit the state five times.

“A party leader will always be in the state to stand by the side of the workers all the time. If a Trinamool activist is attacked in Tripura, the govt will have to pay the price. The more you hurt the AITC, the more the party will prosper in the state,” Abhishek Banerjee added.

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Banerjee claimed that many MLAs of the ruling BJP are in constant touch with the AITC. However, the AITC does not believe in the politics of division. His clear words, “I will not break anyone’s house. By working for the people, the AITC will sit on the throne of power with their faith and love,” Banerjee added.

“Voting for the BJP was like cutting a canal to welcome crocodiles. If you want to get a government at the door like West Bengal, bring the AITC to power,” Abhishek Banerjee said.

He announced that by December this year, all the committees will be formed in 3,324 booths across 56 blocks in eight districts of the state, adding, “A full-fledged state committee will be announced in the next 15 days.”

Abhishek Banerjee claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister could not defeat Mamata Banerjee even after spending days in West Bengal. Before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, therefore, the “bird’s eye view” for the party is now the 2023 Tripura Assembly elections, he added.

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