Mamata Banerjee sets sights on Tripura, says former speaker Jiten Sarkar wants to join TMC
- Mamata Banerjee, who has been trying to make in-roads in the northeastern state, expressed confidence in her party's ability to win Tripura
Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that former speaker of the Tripura Assembly, Jiten Sarkar, wrote to her expressing his desire of joining TMC. "Former Tripura Speaker Jiten Sarkar has sent me a letter saying he and others want to join TMC," ANI said quoting Banerjee.
The Bengal chief minister, who has been trying to make in-roads in the northeastern state, after her resounding victory in the Assembly elections in Bengal earlier this year, expressed confidence in her party's ability to win Tripura. "We will win Tripura next," she told ANI.
Sarkar, a veteran politician, left the Congress in 2016 to rejoin Communist Party of India (Marxist), the party he deserted in 2008. He would be the second high profile political figure to join TMC, following in the footsteps of Sushmita Dev, who left Congress to join Trinamool in the presence of senior party leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O'Brien in Kolkata on August 16.
Dev, a former Member of Parliament (MP) and chief of the All India Mahila Congress, sent her resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi but offered no reason for it. "I have a long relationship with the Congress and I have written everything about that in my resignation letter. I got many opportunities in Congress and I tried to do justice to all the responsibilities. Many people tried to call me, but I was not available. On August 15, I gave the Congress president my resignation," she told reporters in Kolkata.
Eyeing the upcoming Tripura polls TMC leader and Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee has constituted a team of senior leaders who will be camping in the northeastern state every month. This newly formed team comprises all veteran TMC leaders like Bratya Basu, Moloy Ghatak, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Ritabrata Banerjee, former legislator Samir Chakraborty, and party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh.
“TMC leaders will be camping in Tripura to help the party expand its base ahead of the elections. Abhishek Banerjee himself went to Tripura earlier this week. This will help boost the party’s grassroot level infrastructure and let them know that senior party leaders are standing beside them," a TMC leader told Hindustan Times. Banerjee herself promised to implement welfare schemes of the West Bengal government in Tripura. "We want Bengal's schemes to be implemented in Tripura," she said on Wednesday.