After receiving a shot in its arm with the joining of six dissident Congress MLAs in Tripura, the Trinamool Congress on Tuesday said it will now organise a movement against CPM to oust it from power.
“Now they are members of our family and will organise a movement against the ruling CPI(M) to oust them from the helm of affairs and free the people of Tripura from their tyranny,” said Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy after reaching Tripura from Kolkata to accept the MLAs into the party fold.
Earlier in the day, Sudip Roy Burman, who had resigned from the post of the Leader of Opposition in Tripura Assembly ahead of the polls in West Bengal, said former Tripura CM Samir Ranjan Barman and six rebel Congress MLAs, including Barman’s son, would now openly work as TMC activists. With this, the TMC has emerged as the prime opposition for the Left Front government in Tripura.
“Today is a historic day because from this day we have entered Tripura Assembly. Only Mamata Banerjee and her party can oust the CPM from power, which was proved in West Bengal. It is our mission to oust the CPM in the 2018 state election,” said Roy, who was TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s point-man for the coup.
Alleging that law and order has collapsed in the state and common people have no safety and security, Roy said that he along with the MLAs who have joined TMC, would meet Governor Tathagata Roy and submit a memorandum on the issue.
In the 60-member House, the Left Front has 50 seats and of the 10 MLAs of Congress, six submitted the letter to the Speaker.
“We are not under the purview of anti-defection act because two-third majority of Congress MLAs have joined TMC,” he added.
According to TMC sources, Roy had been instrumental in ensuring that the doubts created by the alliance between the Left and Congress amongst hardliners in the Tripura CLP could be exploited. After a closed-doors meeting with the six Congress MLAs, Roy came out beaming last Friday and a day later, the MLAs confirmed the switch.
A source said, “Sudip Roy Burman had called up Mamata Banerjee while campaigning was still going on (for Bengal elections). He had expressed his distress with the alliance and said they would help the TMC with their plans. The task of defeating the Left in Tripura is something the two parties have in common and it brought them together.”