Tripura: Former CM, 6 Congress MLAs to join TMC next month
AGARTALA: Biswa Bandhu Sen, a Congress MLA in Tripura has been expelled from the primary membership of the party for 6 years due to his anti-party activities, as per a statement given by the Tripura PCC president Birajit Sinha.
As per his statement, the MLA was expelled in order to maintain discipline in the Congress.
Sen was one of the seven rebels Congress MLA, who in protest against the AICC's decision of Congress-Left alliance in West Bengal, was to officially join the TMC to form a opposition party here.
The TPCC president viewed that those leaving the Congress were not actually attached with the party's ideology.
It is reported that six Congress MLA's, including expelled Sen, are going to join the TMC and for which TMC all-India vice-president Mukul Roy is coming here for the second time in less than a week time.
This comes at the backdrop of former Tripura chief minister Samir Ranjan Barman, along with six rebel Congress MLAs — including his son Sudip — who have decided to join Trinamool Congress next month. With this, Trinamool is set to emerge as the prime Opposition for the Manik Sarkar-led Left Front government in Tripura.
Sources said the month-long period — before the six rebel MLAs formally join Trinamool — could be used by them to negotiate with the Congress high command in Delhi. In the past, Sudip had written to party president Sonia Gandhi expressing the state Congress' distress regarding its alliance with the Left and sought her intervention.
Though Tripura Assembly elections are scheduled only in 2018, Trinamool's dogged opposition of the Left is likely to worry Sarkar's hitherto unchallenged Left government.
Trinamool's is likely to follow its Bengal formula to win over Tripura. As a senior leader put it: "It will be relentless opposition, dharnas, protests and giving a voice to people's discontent."