AHEAD OF 2023 POLLS, TMC SETS EYES ON TRIPURA TO CHALLENGE BJP JUGGERNAUT

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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has offered the leader of the anti-CAA movement in Assam to join the party. It seems that Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee want to expand their party in the BJP-ruled states of the North East.

After Bengal, the TMC has set its eyes on Tripura to tackle the might of the BJP. After TMC’s all-India general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee, visited Tripura, it becomes clear that Mamata Banerjee’s party wants to build up an organisation in the state as well as project itself as the key challenger as early as possible.

Abhishek Banerjee had said in a press conference that he will come to Tripura every two weeks. “I challenge you Biplab Deb. I will come after two weeks, if you have the guts to stop me, do it.”

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress is looking for alternatives in Tripura. In recent times, Maharaja Pradyot Kishore Manikya brought huge success in the autonomous district council elections. In the autonomous district polls, the BJP and its coalition partners were badly defeated. Pradyota Manikya has however done well there.

On the other hand, Akhil Gogoi, MLA of Shivsagar in Assam and leader of the Rajouri party, has been offered to join the party on behalf of the Trinamool leadership. According to sources, representatives of the Rajouri party have already visited Kolkata twice and held meetings with the Trinamool leadership at the Kalighat office. Akhil Gogoi is a well-known name in the politics of Assam. In his mid-forties, he worked as a social worker for the past two decades. He had launched a massive movement in Assam to curb corruption in Indian politics with the organization India Against Corruption at the forefront. The ‘Krishak Muktisangram Samiti’ was also vocal in realizing the demands of the farmers of that state.

Gogoi made his debut in the political arena of Assam in 2019 by protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that was passed by the Modi government. He was also detained for a while for participating in the movement.

Gogoi also fielded several candidates for the Rajouri party in the 2021 Assam Assembly elections. Although Shivsagar won from the center itself, none of the candidates of his party won in the rest of the centers. However, the ruling Trinamool of Bengal wants to get such a popular leader of Assam in the party. After winning for the third time, the Trinamool has been focusing on expanding the party in states. In that case, the two BJP-ruled states of the northeast, Tripura and Assam are of vital importance.

Amlanjyoti Gogoi has admitted that he has met TMC leadership in Kolkata twice. “It is true that the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has offered me to join their party,” he said.

“But still nothing is final. Talks are going on. Any final decision must be made public.” he added.