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Open for alliances with like-minded parties against BJP’s fascist regime: TMC MPs

All India Trinamool Congress had on Tuesday officially declared that the party is expanding and expressed its willingness to forge alliances with “like-minded parties” in order to topple “fascist regime of the BJP”.

In a media interaction jointly addressed by the party’s two MPs, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Sushmita Dev at New Delhi, said that the party has approached Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for alliance, but it cannot wait for “indefinite period” for others to join.

“During the last session of parliament, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited Delhi and met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and leaders of other opposition parties and appealed to them to unitedly fight against BJP. However, AITC cannot wait for an indefinite period for others to join,” a statement on the oress conference mentioned.

“We have decided to expand in other states like Assam, Goa, Tripura and UP. It depends on the other political parties if they want to fight the battle alone or together. We have decided to forge alliances with the like minded parties,” mentioned the statement.

The TMC, emboldened after it’s victory in home turf West Bengal last Assembly elections in which despite BJP’s massive campaigns, the Mamata Banerjee-led party secured its third term, has been intensified its campaigns in Goa and Tripura, that are going to have their Assembly elections in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

However, the party has faced hostility while campaigning in both Tripura, where several TMC leaders were beaten at several instances and in Goa where posters were defaced and Banerjee:s pictures were smeared with black ink.

Recently, a team of TMC leaders led by party’s Rajya Sabha MP and recently appointed in charge for the party for Tripura municipal elections and Assembly elections, Dev, was attacked by a group of unmasked assailants while they were campaigning in the outskirts of Tripura capital city Agartala.

The joint press statement mentioned that they will approach the President of India Ramnath Kovind after Diwal regarding these attacks.

“We have provided video footage to police and even gave names of the attackers – however, no one has been arrested yet. AITC workers and leaders have been attacked multiple times but no one was arrested even when AITC National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee visited Tripura,” the statement mentioned.

“AITC condemns all acts of vandalism and attempts to threaten the party by Goa BJP. Defacing AITC Chairperson Mamata Banerjee’s face in posters, banners or tearing down hoardings is a shameful act,” the statement mentioned.

It also informed that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is about to visit Goa while, AITC MPs Mahua Moitra, Babul Supriyo and Derek O’Brien, who are already there, have prepared a chargesheet “against the BJP government of Goa.”

The duo, addressing media said that while it respects the political partie’s “right to contest elections” as the Congress is contesting on its own at Goa amd Tripura, the AITC, will not tolerate the “unlawful, fascist, regime of the BJP and would do everything to stop them.”

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