The National General Secretary of Trinamool Congress (TMC) Abhishek Banerjee claimed to end the rule of the BJP in Tripura in the by-election which will be held on 23 June and would end the party’s defeat in the general election in 2023.
“You (BJP) have Enforcement Directorate, CBI, Income Tax, we have the support of the people. The CBI chose this day (Tuesday) to interrogate my wife (Rujira Narula Banerjee) because they didn’t want me to come here (Tripura). But no force can stop us. We don’t want ‘duare goonda’ (goons at the doorsteps), we want ‘duare sarkar’ (government at the doorsteps). Tripura will not be controlled by Delhi but by Tripura’s people.” said Abhishek Banerjee after participating in a road show in Agartala on Tuesday.
Concerning the resignation of Biplab Kumar Deb from the Chief Minister post, the Trinamool leader said that with the change of face, BJP’s defeat in the 2023 Assembly polls cannot be avoided. He said that the attacks and atrocities on Opposition supporters are continuing even after Manik Saha has taken over.
“After the TMC started the political activity in Tripura in August last year, the BJP became frightened. Not only the BJP, the CPI-M, and the Congress are also afraid of Mamata Banerjee. We came to Tripura to defeat the BJP, like in Bengal. There is no force to curb the spirit of the TMC,” Banerjee said.
Accompanied by the party’s Bengal and Tripura leaders, he alleged that 35 years of rule of the Left parties, five years of the Congress, and over four years of the BJP have cheated the people.
“Now the time has come to give a chance to the Trinamool Congress for the actual development of the State,” Banerjee said and announced that he would come again on June 20 to campaign for the party.
“Whenever you call me, I will come here (Tripura) within an hour. Not only in Tripura, but the TMC will extend its political base in Assam and Meghalaya too,” the TMC Lok Sabha member said.
Banerjee also said: “If BJP is a virus, Trinamool Congress is the vaccine. While Trinamool is a High-Quality DVD, BJP is a “bhanga’ (broken) audio cassette. If they pay you money to vote for them, take the money and vote for Joda Phool (TMC’s election symbol).”
The TMC has put up candidates in all the four Assembly seats in the bye-polls — Town Bordowali, Agartala, Jubarajnagar, and Surma (SC). A multi-cornered contest between the BJP, TMC, Left parties, and the Congress are on the cards for June 23 bye-polls.