Trinamool Congress, the party which took on the seemingly invincible CPI(M) in West Bengal and almost decimated it, is now on another mission. It want to “free” Tripura also from the ‘stranglehold’ of the left forces. And the party is contemplating plans for this.
On Thursday, the party will be officially launching its mission in Agartala by hoisting an iftar party. TMC’s state committee office will also be inaugurated today. Mamata’s man Friday Mukul Roy who is assigned with the political task will be the leading the party in Tripura.
TMC became the main opposition party in Tripura after it was able to engineer split in the Congress when six of its MLA’s joined TMC in May.
Since the party do not have a charismatic leader like Mamata to lead the party, TMC seems to have zeroed in on Mukul Roy who enjoys the confidence of Mamata Banerjee.
Mukul Roy, the former railway minister during the UPA rule, was seen as taking bribe in the sting operation carried out by NaradaNews. After the expose he has told that party leaders who were seen as receiving money did not have any vested interest and the party will take appropriate action against those who are found guilty.
Trinamool Congress thinks that Mukul Roy can do a Nrupen Chakroborty, CPI(M) leader who came from Bengal and played a major role in establishing the party and then went on to become the chief minister of the state for 20 years.
Like Bengal, the TMC also seems to start with a plan to mobilise Muslims in the state. But unlike West Bengal where Muslims constitutes more than 20 percent, in Tripura Muslims are 8.6 percent, though they are the second largest religious groups in the state.
TMC in Bengal got a short in the arm when the farmers in Nandigram and Singur erupted against the land acquisition drive by the Left front government.
Despite three consecutive terms Manik Sarkar’s Left front Government has not faced any major charges including corruption.
This will make the TMC’s mission Tripura a little difficult .
Tripura will go to poll in 2018.