Giving a major blow to Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), 6 party MLAs handed over a letter to Assembly Speaker Ramendra K Nath announcing their decision to disassociate from the Congress party and join the Trinamool Congress. In their letter to the Speaker, the MLAs said they were conforming to the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution and have decided to dissociate from the Congress and join the TMC with immediate effect.
Sudip Roy Barman, former TPCC president has stated that they want to fight the Assembly election in Tripura under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, ‘In Tripura, Congress has lost its all credibility after it entered into an alliance with CPI-M in West Bengal.’ Besides Barman other rebel MLAs are Asish Kumar Saha, Dilip Sarkar, Paranjit Singha Roy, Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl and Biswa Bandhu Sen. Surprisingly former Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Barman has also deserted the party and joined TMC.
With this move, Trinamool is now the prime Opposition for the Manik Sarkar-led Left Front government in the State. Meanwhile, TPCC on Monday suffered another blow with former Assembly Speaker and senior leader Jiten Sarkar resigning as MLA without assigning any reason, ‘The decision is personal. I will not say anything more.’ The Sarkar government is comfortably placed with 50 seats in the 60-member Assembly. The Congress with 10 seats was the prime Opposition party but now has been reduced to 4.