Agartala: Leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) organised a sit-in demonstration near Gandhi Murti in circuit house area to protest against denial of police permission for organising a rally in BJP-led Tripura on Wednesday.

The Tripura police had denied permission to TMC leaders for organising public rallies on September 15 and 16, citing law and order situation for rejecting two applications.

TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh on Wednesday slammed the BJP-led government and called it ‘coward’, ‘hell worm’ and ‘spineless’ for not allowing them to hold a public rally.

“They are threatening the hotel management to not allow accommodation for our leaders. They are threatening the party workers by visiting their houses. If TMC is weak and not a factor and does not have any support here, then why are they so afraid of us?” Ghosh questioned.

He said when Tripura MP and Union Minister of State (MoS) Pratima Bhoumik visited the Dakshineswar temple in Bengal on Tuesday, she was not stopped by anyone, adding that TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee faced mob attacks ever since he arrived in Agartala.

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“When their leaders visit Bengal to worship, they are welcomed whole heartedly. But when our leader Abhishek Banerjee visited Tripureswari temple, he was attacked 13 times on his way,” Ghosh added.

He said a rally will now be organised on September 22 and if permission is not granted this time, they would move the high court.

“The locals will participate in the public rally and not the leaders or volunteers visiting from Bengal. They are afraid and that is why they did not give permission on two consecutive occasions. If they think they can stop us, they are in doubt. I am openly challenging the BJP leaders to come over for a debate at their choice of place and time,” Ghosh added.

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