Months before the Tripura polls


With 11 months till the assembly polls in Tripura, the Trinamool Congress on Friday announced the formation of a full-fledged state committee, led by the convener and former BJP vice-president Subal Bhowmik.

With 11 months till the assembly polls in Tripura, the Trinamool Congress on Friday announced the formation of a full-fledged state committee, led by the convener and former BJP vice-president Subal Bhowmik.

The news came from the Tripura chapter of the All India Trinamool Congress’ official Twitter account. “Under the inspiration and leadership of Hon’ble Chairperson Smt @MamataOfficial, the All India Trinamool Congress is glad to announce the Tripura Pradesh Trinamool Congress State Committee… “We wish all of the appointments the best of luck in their endeavours,” the post said.

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Rajib Banerjee, a former minister in Mamata Banerjee’s government, will be the state in charge, while Bhowmik will serve as state president.

Bhowmik said that the state committee was formed to boost the party’s organisation in Tripura in preparation for the 2023 assembly elections. “Under the BJP-ruled state of Tripura, public life and the rule of law are in jeopardy. Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress are actively considering Tripura. I’ve been assigned to the new committee, and we’ll work together to stop the fascist rule. “We are convinced that the people would vote for Trinamool to end this age of misrule,” he remarked.

Bhowmik has switched parties seven times thus far. He was a member of Congress in 2008. He joined the BJP and served as the state vice-president until the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when he switched to the Congress and ran for office. He was defeated by BJP candidate Pratima Bhowmik, who is currently a state minister in the Union council. He joined the TMC last year.

A six-member core committee would run the state, including state president Sushmita Dev, a former BJP MLA in Tripura who switched to TMC last year, former BJP MLA in Tripura Ashish Das, Ashish Lal Singh, Bhrigu Ram Reang, and Mamon Khan. Other TMC committees and panels have comprised older members and youths.

Prakash Chandra Das, a former minister in the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti (TUJS) administration, was chosen vice-president, among seven others. One of the five general secretaries is Baptu Chakraborty, who formerly led the TMC youth wing in the ad hoc steering council. In September of last year, he switched from Congress to TMC.

There are 14 secretaries, seven joint secretaries, a 72-member executive committee, and four frontal organisations for youth, women, and SC and ST cells on the Trinamool state panel.

The Bengal-based party, which raised a few feathers in the local body elections last year, finished third with 16.39 per cent of the vote.

While the Trinamool Congress is touting its rise from 0.30 per cent of the vote in the 2018 assembly election to 16.39 per cent in the 2021 civic polls as a sign of the significant fight to come, most political observers believe the struggle in 2023 will be between the ‘Left’ and the ‘Right.’

Despite its apparent increase in vote share, TMC was frequently accused of lacking a well-organised structure and local leadership. The party appears to have positioned itself to answer these criticisms with the broad state committee.

Trinamool Congress has attempted three times to grow its foothold in Tripura, beginning with former chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumder’s establishment of the state unit in 1999. Six Congress MLAs switched parties in 2016, joining the Trinamool Congress, only to defect to the BJP. The party’s ranks have grown since the TMC’s victory in Bengal earlier in 2021.

Published by: Ifa Zamzami

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