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Trinamul to shun BJP, Cong

Agartala, Dec. 4: Trinamul Congress general secretary Mukul Roy today said his party would keep an equal distance from both the “corrupt Congress” and the “communal BJP”.

The close aide of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also urged local Trinamul leaders and workers to try and win at least one of the two Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“The Congress is corrupt and incorrigible while the BJP is communal and their brand of politics will destroy the nation. So, the Trinamul will stay equidistant from both the Congress and the BJP,” Roy said at a large gathering of party supporters at Agartala town hall.

Bengal MLA and Tripura observer Sabyasachi Dutta and Trinamul youth wing chief Abhishek Banerjee accompanied Roy who arrived here this morning to a rousing welcome at Agartala airport.

He drove straight to the Agartala town hall where the party’s state unit, bolstered by the defection of a large group of senior Congress leaders and thousands of supporters, had organised a state conference.

So many people came to the meeting that everyone could not be accommodated inside the hall. Hence, Roy had to address the gathering from a makeshift dais outside the town hall.

Roy attributed the CPM’s continuation in power in Tripura to an “understanding” with the Congress in New Delhi.

“I was also a Congressman and I know how they do politics over the bodies and heads of party workers and supporters. Please remember that the real PCC president in Tripura is Manik Sarkar. So, we have to fight both the Congress and the CPM,” Roy said.

He said Mamata Banerjee’s tireless struggle and support of the people reeling under the “murderous misrule” of the CPM had led to the ouster of the communists from power in Bengal.

“You can do the same here through unity and by selflessly and tirelessly working at all levels of the party. First of all, please ensure that the Trinamul wins at least one of the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura in the next elections,” Roy said.

He said Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee would visit the state in February and address a mammoth rally.

“We believe in change and not revenge but the CPM will be paid back in the same coin in case our party workers and supporters are attacked,” Sabyasachi said.

Enthused by the success of the rally, Trinamul state chairman and former minister Ratan Chakraborty said by May next year, the party would emerge as the “authentic Opposition force” in Tripura.