In a major development in the state politics, four hundred Trinamool Congress members, including 16 of the total 65 state committee members of the TMC, joined BJP on 24 March, 2017. The TMC members who joined the BJP also include former Chairman of the Tripura Unit of Trinamool Congress, Shri Ratan Chakraborty.
The BJP President of Tripura Shri Biplab Deb and Union Minister of state for Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain, jointly handed over the party flag to Shri Chakraborty. BJP President Shri Biplab Deb said it’s a big boost for Bharatiya Janata Party in Tripura and huge setback to Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Shri Ratan Chakraborty told a press conference that BJP is the only political party in the country, which attached maximum importance to develop the backward north eastern region. I have full confidence that BJP would be able to free the state from the clutches of CPI-M and form a government in the 2018 elections to give relief to the people”.
Stating that he joined BJP unconditionally, Shri Chakraborty said, I would strengthen the party by bringing more TMC workers under the BJP banner.
Shri Nitai Chowdhuri, a state committee member of TMC, who joined the BJP said, altogether 16 members of the state committee of the total 65 have joined the BJP.Union Minister of state for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain said, “The BJP would get absolute majority in the upcoming 2018 state elections in Tripura and the ruling CPI-M would be washed away in a B JPtsunami.”