“Not weakening Congress, but putting up a fight against BJP”: Abhishek Banerjee

News Desk: TMC is not trying to weaken Congress across the country, but putting up a resistance against the BJP, the party’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee told his colleagues and workers on Monday. TMC, however, is not looking at any alliance with Congress either in Tripura or in Goa. Banerjee denied allegations that TMC’s recent political activities were harming the prospects of Congress and may help BJP. “Ours is the only party which can fight BJP politically. We do not want to harm the prospects of Congress anyway and that is the reason we did not go to Uttar Pradesh or Punjab. But the fight against BJP can’t indefinitely wait for someone” he said.

TMC has made significant inroads in Tripura replacing the Congress, which got decimated in the last civic poll. While Congress witnessed a downward spiral, TMC claimed to have bagged more than 20% votes in Tripura.

Banerjee, who is on a two-day visit to Tripura, told party colleagues that they were not trying to break any party, but will accept anyone willing to join the TMC. According to TMC insiders, Banerjee said that had the TMC tried to weaken the Congress, then it could have made an entry into Congress-ruled states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Punjab. It has increased activity in BJP ruled states like Tripura and Goa. However, the Congress will have to come out of its stupor.

At a steering committee meeting in Agartala, Banerjee asked workers to fight the BJP on the field. Despite attacks on TMC workers in Tripura and leaders from Bengal, the TMC will not cower. He asked partymen in the northeastern state to gear up for the forthcoming assembly polls in the state. Banerjee said that Trinamool had no immediate plans to forge any alliance with Congress in Tripura.