Relentless with its efforts, the Trinamool Congress has finally cleared permission for holding its first mega public rally in Tripura on September 22 after their requests were rejected by the state government twice earlier.
Trinamool General Secretary Kunal Ghosh said at Agartala that if the Tripura government tries to stop the TMC rally on September 22, the party would go to court and fight it legally.
The Tripura police had disallowed the much anticipated first mega rally planned by the Trinamool under the leadership of Abhishek Banerjee, the party’s national general secretary in Agartala, first on Wednesday and then on Thursday.
Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Sadar (Anirban Das) first disallowed the Trinamool rally on September 15 saying that permission for organising a mass rally in Agartala has already been granted to another political party on the relevant date and time.
When the Bengal’s ruling party (TMC) sought permission to hold the maiden mega ‘padayatra’ (protest march) led by Banerjee on September 16, the SDPO in his letter to Trinamool leader Subal Bhowmik said that it is not possible to permit the holding of the rally on Thursday since there will be law and order commitment of the police in view of Viswakarma Puja, which falls on September Friday.
Abhishek Banerjee tweeted: “BJP India is scared to death and Biplab (Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb) is using all his might and resources to prevent me from entering Tripura. Keep trying, but you cannot stop me. Your fear of AITC shows that your days in governance are numbered. Truth be told, ‘yeh darr humein achha laga’!.”
Ghosh, who is also the chief spokesman of Trinamool, while addressing the media at Agartala on Tuesday said that to prevent Abhishek Banerjee’s rally in Agartala, the BJP conspired in various ways.
“Such conspiracies would not stop Banerjee and the Trinamool in Tripura. The police cancelled Trinamool’s rally on Wednesday and Thursday after political directions from the top position,” he said.
The TMC leader said that several top BJP and RSS leaders had visited West Bengal for campaigning during the assembly elections and the administration or the law enforcement agencies did not stop them.
“BJP is afraid of TMC because the people of the state are supporting us. Tripura law enforcing agencies have allowed mass rallies for other parties, but when it comes to TMC, the authorities are sighting COVID-19 norms,” he said.
Encouraged by its third consecutive landslide victory in West Bengal despite tough campaigns by the BJP last Assembly elections in March this year, the TMC is attempting to make inroads in Assam and Tripura — the BJP ruled northeast states with a large Bengali speaking population — since early July this year. Tripura is also set for elections in 2023.