Assam chief minister and BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Bisawa Sarma said that he is ready to welcome West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to Assam and Tripura with a red carpet “to divide votes of the Congress“.
The Assam chief minister’s comment comes after Trinamool Congress’ recent activities to increase its hold in Assam and Tripura.
CM Sarma said Mamata Banerjee‘s Trinamool Congress would not affect the BJP in the state.
“The more she (Mamata Banerjee) visits Assam and Tripura, the more it will benefit us. I will welcome her by rolling out a red carpet,”.
Hitting out at Mamata Banerjee for election-related violence in West Bengal, Sarma said, “Polls in Assam and West Bengal took place at the same time but not a stone was pelted at any house in Assam. In West Bengal, the court had to order a CBI probe.”
Sarma also said Sushmita Dev’s joining the Trinamool Congress will only affect the vote bank of the Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).
Meanwhile, TMC MP Saugata Roy on Sunday slammed Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma calling him a ”dal badlu” for his “red carpet” remark against West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
Talking to the media Mr. Roy said “I give no importance to what he says. He is a party-hopper. He became Chief Minister after replacing Sarbananda Sonowal, who is a very good man,”
Trinamool Congress, which retained power in West Bengal despite massive campaigns by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State Assembly elections 2021, recently roped in former Silchar MP and All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev.
Trinamool Congress has been trying hard to create a strong base in Tripura and Assam. Looking into the Tripura Assembly election, TMC is trying to strengthen its base in Tripura.