Mamata Banerjee, buoyed by the TMC’s victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections earlier this year, is trying to make headway in the Northeast.
Meanwhile, in Tripura, the TMC celebrated the founding day of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), the party’s student wing, on Saturday.
Sarma’s view on this move of Mamata Banerjee
When Mamata Banerjee announced that TMC was eyeing the Northeast, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hit back at her, saying, “The more she visits Assam and Tripura, the more it will benefit us.”
“A red carpet will be rolled out for her”, he added.
Post-poll violence in West Bengal
After the violence in West Bengal, Himanta pointed out that polls in Assam and Bengal were held at the same time, but not a single stone was thrown at a single house in Assam.
As Mamata has repeatedly stated, “we will win Tripura next.”
Mamata Banerjee criticized the Modi-led government
She is trying to position herself and the TMC as a viable alternative to the Narendra Modi-led government by attacking it on several occasions over a variety of issues.
According to her, some BJP ministers were working hand-in-hand with the coal mafia after the Centre allegedly let loose central agencies on her nephew and TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in the coal scam case.
Accusing the Narendra Modi government of trying to “bulldoze the federal structure” of the country and snatching away the rights of the states, she proposed to call a meeting of all chief ministers to fight against “the Centre’s authoritarianism”.
“The BJP and the Union government can’t fight us politically. The party was defeated in the assembly polls and now they are using central agencies against our leaders like Abhishek Banerjee and others. But let me tell them, they can’t bulldoze or intimidate us by such threats. We will continue our fight against them,” she said.