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Abhishek Banerjee On ‘The Great Weddings of Munnes’: ‘It’s A Mad Script’

Actor Abhishek Banerjee is having loads of fun working on his new web series titled ‘The Great Wedding of Munnes’.

“It has been like a crazy journey for ‘The Great Weddings of Munnes’. It’s a mad script. There are some crazy actors and a very hardworking unit. We all are having a lot of fun on and off set. Sometimes, there are scenes where I find it difficult to hold myself and I start laughing because of the performance happening in front of me is so good. I am looking forward to the next schedule,” he shared. Directed by Sunil Subramani, the show follows the story of a middle-class man whose desperate attempts to marry the woman of his dreams translate to a series of hilarious misadventures.

Barkha Singh is also a part of ‘The Great Wedding of Munnes’.

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee lauds party for its performance in Tripura civic body polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday lauded his party’s performance in the Tripura civic body elections, adding that it was exceptional for TMC to emerge as a principal opposition in the state in spite of having negligible presence in the state at the beginning.
“It is exceptional for a party beginning with negligible presence to successfully contest municipal elections and emerge as the PRINCIPAL OPPOSITION in the state with more than 20% vote share (1/2),” said Banerjee in his tweet. He congratulated the Tripura unit of the party for their efforts in the elections and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had ‘left no stone unturned to butcher democracy in Tripura’.
“This is despite the fact that we commenced our activities barely 3 months ago and @BJP4Tripura
left no stone unturned to BUTCHER DEMOCRACY in Tripura. Congratulations to all the brave soldiers of @AITC4Tripura for their exemplary courage,” he added in another tweet.
As per the Election Commission of India’s data, of the total 222 seats, the BJP won a total of 217 seats in the Tripura civic body elections held on November 25, while the CPI-M registered victory on three seats and the TMC and TIPRA Motha could get hold of only one seat each.

Barkha Singh, Abhishek Banerjee To Feature In ‘The Great Weddings Of Munnes’

‘Paatal Lok’ actor Abhishek Banerjee and Barkha Singh have come together for a comedy web series ‘The Great Weddings of Munnes’.

Created and produced by Raaj Shaandilyaa, ‘The Great Weddings of Munnes’ is a Jio Studios Original web series that will premiere exclusively on Voot Select. The show stars Abhishek Banerjee and Barkha Singh in the main lead. Directed by Sunil Subramani, the story is about a middle-class man’s desperate attempts to marry the woman of his dreams leading to a series of hilarious misadventures. Principal photography will take place in Mathura, Agra, Hyderabad and Jaipur.

Talking about the project, Banerjee said, “I always look for roles that challenge me as an actor and I was really looking for a good comedy script and this is a really funny story. When the makers approached me to play Munnes and narrated it to me, I was completely mind blown. We have begun shooting for the show in Rohtak and I am really looking forward to it.”

Talking about his venture into the OTT space, Raaj shared, “This is my first collaboration with Jio Studios and also my debut in the OTT world. With so many crime and thriller shows being made, I really felt that there should be a comedy show mounted as big as a Bollywood movie. The team at Jio Studios backed my vision and the collaboration has been great so far. Our aim is to change the trend and give the audience an entertaining ride.”

Thrilled for the upcoming project, Barkha also said, “I am thrilled to be a part of this laugh riot. My character is so interesting and something I can’t wait to play. I’m also looking forward to sharing screen space with Abhishek for the first time. It promises to be a lot of fun.”

The web series has gone on floors and will be released in 2022.

Will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura CM, his ‘intimidation tactics’, says Abhishek Banerjee

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Tripura ahead of the civic polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday said he will quit politics if fails to defeat Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his “tactics of intimidation”.
Addressing a press conference here, Banerjee said, “BJP has let loose a reign of terror from yesterday as they have already sensed that their days are numbered in government. I will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his tactics of intimidation.” The TMC MP said democracy is under attack in Tripura. “If voters can exercise their franchise freely, which is quite unlikely given the prevailing situation, BJP will fail to open its account in next Assembly polls,” Banerjee said.
The TMC MP urged the people not to get scared of BJP ‘hooligans’ and make them fool by pretending to be a BJP supporter in order to reach polling booths safely.
“If you are scared to reach to polling booths then I suggest to carry a BJP’s lotus flag and chant ‘BJP Zindabad’ but reaching inside the booth press the button of ‘Jodaphool’ (TMC symbol). They have made you a fool for a long now it is your time to make BJP fool,” he said.
Urging people to vote for TMC in the upcoming municipal elections, Banerjee said, “TMC will work towards the development of Agartala. BJP government has pushed the state 50 years back. Chief Minister Biplab Deb said he does not regard the court and laws. The people are not safe and even the police are not safe. This is Tripura’s double engine government model. Now people need to decide whether they want ‘Duare sarkar (government at your doorstep) model or the ‘Duare Gunda (hooligans at your doorstep) model.”
Banerjee said that there is no law and order and alleged TMC workers are under attack by the “hooligans” of the BJP government.
“There is total anarchy in Tripura. Journalists, police, and lawyers are being attacked. There is no law and order. TMC workers are under attack by the hooligans of the BJP government. They are doing atrocities to women and people. We are fighting for the people of Tripura. We will not leave a single-inch ground in Tripura,” the TMC MP added.
BJP and TMC are at loggerheads in Tripura where the latter is attempting to set its foothold challenging the ruling government.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs on Monday reached the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to meet him and discuss the alleged police brutality in Tripura.
Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy arrived at the party office in Delhi and held a protest outside the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the Tripura police incident.
Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25.
TMC earlier alleged that several people sustained injuries after an attack on the residence of Trinamool Congress Tripura unit’s Steering Committee chief Subal Bhowmik in Bhagaban Thakur Chowmuni area of Agartala on Sunday.

“Will ensure ‘BJP-mukt’ Tripura”

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would visit Tripura in the month of December to ensure the formation of a “BJP-mukt” government in the state.
Banerjee, who addressed his maiden public meeting in Tripura despite “resistance” from the state administration, also assured the gathering of around 500 people that the TMC is set to dislodge BJP in the next assembly elections scheduled in the year 2023. Targeting Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Banerjee said, “your cops have told us to hold a rally in Swami Vivekananda Stadium instead of here. Don’t worry, your wish will be fulfilled soon. Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee is set to address a mammoth public meeting at Swami Vivekananda Stadium.”
“BJP’s days in power are numbered and Trinamool’s pro-people government is on the making,” the TMC leader added.
During the public meeting, Abhishek Banerjee welcomed a defiant BJP MLA Asish Das into the TMC brigade while Rajib Banerjee who once severed ties with TMC to join the BJP also made a comeback to the party.
The TMC’s second in command, Banerjee, also launched a scathing attack on the Biplab Deb-led government stating that he was in touch with more than 15 ruling MLAs and could topple the government anytime.
“Biplab Deb, mark my words, Trinamool does not believe in grabbing power using unethical tactics. A total of 15 MLAs are in contact with me and if the TMC wishes, this government’s fall is inevitable. But, our way of fighting is different from that of the BJP. We shall defeat the BJP in the assembly elections to form a stable and people-centric government soon”, Banerjee added.

Training his guns on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Banerjee said that the TMC had ample ground support and if people were given the “freedom” to exercise their universal franchise, chances of the incumbent government’s return was dim.
“In order to prevent my arrival in Tripura, COVID guidelines were changed. Why do you fear Abhishek so much? First, the police declined permission for my rally citing the programme of another political party on September 15. We have shown respect to the decision of the administration. We sought permission for another date, and the administration imposed section 144. I declared soon after the orders were issued that I would visit Tripura after the prohibitory orders were withdrawn. Accordingly, the date October 31 was decided upon, but again, the police tried to change the venue at the eleventh hour,” claimed the TMC leader.
“I said, whatever may be the consequences, the rally would be held here. The High Court intervened, granted us permission with certain raiders, we gave respect to each and every official order but if the BJP tries to figure out our courtesy as our cowardice, then you are doing a gross mistake”, Banerjee lashed out.
The TMC leader also expressed his disappointment over the role of opposition in the North-Eastern state and maintained that the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) miserably failed to shoulder the responsibility of being a strong opposition.
“The Congress and the CPI(M) failed but this time TMC is on the ground. Not a single inch of land will be left for the BJP. People have already decided to vote for us and Trinamool will begin fighting elections from these civic body polls. The BJP is ready to hold the polls using their muscle powers, but the TMC is also set to fight the elections in all the wards. They shall attack us but attacks can’t prevent TMC from gaining more support from Tripura. BJP’s ouster is decided, February 2023 is the expiry date for the BJP in Tripura”, he said.
Further hitting out at Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, he said, “people of Tripura have understood their mistake by voting your government to power. A silent revolution against you has been started at the ground level that will be ultimately reflected in the ballot. The name Biplab Deb has turned out to be a big flop in Tripura. If you are confident enough, come let’s sit for a debate. You will highlight the public welfare schemes that your government has launched and I shall highlight as to what Mamata Banerjee has done for West Bengal.”
Banerjee also assured that all development schemes of Bengal– be it Kanyashree or free rice to the poor–will be initiated in Tripura for the larger welfare of the public and all kinds of support would be extended towards the deprived sections such as 10,323 teachers who lost their jobs under this regime.
TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh, Rajya Sabha MPs Susmita Dev and Dr Shantanu Sen, the new entrants and leaders of the party’s state unit were also present during the rally.

TMC’s rally in Tripura

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Agartala witnessed a high octane political drama on Saturday after Tripura police asked the Trinamool Congress leaders to change the venue of Abhishek Banerjee’s pre-scheduled political rally slated to be held on Sunday.
However, on Saturday evening, Tripura High Court granted permission to TMC to hold the rally at the same spot. The cops have denied permission to hold the rally in front of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan citing the law and order situation. The police, while clarifying their stand, had suggested the TMC leaders to hold their public meeting at Swami Vivekananda Stadium, Agartala as the stadium was more spacious and COVID-19 restrictions could be adhered by the crowd.
However, the Trinamool leaders were adamant to hold the rally where it was decided earlier, thereby paying no heed to the police’s orders.
Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sadar Ramesh Yadav while speaking exclusively to ANI said, “The Trinamool Congress leaders have been intimated about the change of venue orders yesterday evening. Nothing happened in the last minute”.
The SDPO further reasoned that the police could not afford to let a big public gathering happen in such a small space in view of the fresh COVID-19 restrictions as well as the communal tension in certain parts of the state.

“We have told them that there is a big space just 200 metres away from the spot, and is a better ground (Swami Vivekananda Stadium)”, Yadav told ANI.
The Trinamool Congress leaders, however, sat on a dharna in front of the makeshift stage and chanted slogans against Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. The dharna that started for a couple of hours ended in the late evening after a media briefing by the leaders.
Speaking to ANI, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev on Saturday said, “We have been informed last night to shift the venue of the programme from Rabindra Bhavan to somewhere else. Now Abhishek Banerjee is a Z category protectee, his rally can’t be shifted overnight. In addition, people who are eager to attend the rally have been told to gather in front of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan.”
Pointing out at Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, she said, “It is crystal clear that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is shaky. He is petrified of Abhishek Banerjee and people of Tripura have decided to go against the BJP.”
Describing CM Deb’s condition as “dubte ko tinke ka sahara”, she assured that Banerjee would surely hold the rally at Agartala as planned.
Later, the Trinamool leaders moved the High Court and the Court after hearing the petition virtually granted permission. “As of now, whatever we have come to know, we are going to organise the rally in the same spot. The High Court has granted our permission but asked us to limit the gathering”, said Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh.

Coal smuggling case: TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira appears before Delhi Court virtually

New Delhi [India]: Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee appeared before the Delhi Court through video conferencing in the ongoing investigations in a coal smuggling case.
Her counsel Sidharth Aggarwal informed the Delhi Court that she will appear before the court on the next date of hearing on October 12 physically and gave an undertaking for the same. The court had issued summons to her on a complaint of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought issuance of warrant against her for non-appearance before it.
In Delhi High Court recently, ED had opposed Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira’s petition challenging summons to them in connection with a money laundering case related to a coal mining scam.
Appearing for ED, Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta called the petition premature and not maintainable.
SG Mehta said, “They have challenged the summons and saying not stopping investigation? They also want to appear for investigation in West Bengal.”
Mehta also mentioned that the incident happened when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested TMC leaders in Kolkata and CBI officers were ‘gheraoed’ and stone pelted, he added.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for TMC leader objected to this contention and said, “Don’t make political arguments here, don’t talk of stone and Gherao, etc. Make only legal submissions here.”
The bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna on Tuesday adjourned the matter for Friday after noting down the submission by both sides in length. The Delhi High Court was hearing Abhishek Banerjee’s plea challenging ED’s summons to him and his wife.

Congress needs to get out of armchair, hit streets to defeat BJP: Abhishek Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday said that it is imperative for the Congress party to get out of the armchair and hit the streets to defeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Addressing the media, Banerjee said, “Our fight is not against Congress or any political party. We need to save India, and for that it is essential to defeat the BJP. Congress has been in the national opposition space for the last seven years while TMC has been consistently defeating BJP.” “If Congress is not doing anything, we cannot be sitting ducks. Congress needs to get out of the armchair and hit the streets. It cannot be done by the comfort of sitting in their homes. We are not a party that exists only on social media,” he added.
Banerjee’s remarks came after the former Goa Chief Minister and ex-Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro joined the TMC earlier in the day.
Further putting to rest all the suspicions regarding TMC joining hands with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the upcoming elections in Goa, Banerjee said that the party is going to contest independently.
“When TMC starts the unit in Goa, we will definitely expedite things as only 3-3.5 months are left (for polls). The party is going to put its entire weight behind the Goa unit and we will ensure that people of Goa see a new dawn in the days to come,” he stated.

No interim relief to TMC leader

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to grant any interim relief to TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee and refused to stay the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons issued against him and his wife.

New Delhi [India], September 21 : A single-judge bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna asked ED to file a reply on Abhishek Banerjee’s plea challenging its summons to him and his wife. The Court has listed the matter for further hearing on September 27.
The Delhi High Court was hearing Banerjee’s plea challenging ED summons to him and his wife.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Abhishek Banerjee told the Court that he is challenging the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate, asking him to appear on September 21.
Sibal told the Court that ED is demanding the income tax returns and other income documents of the whole family.
Banerjee’s lawyer also accused ED of selectively leaking information to the media with the intent of harming the reputation of the petitioners and encouraging a media trial. He also apprised the Court that his client had appeared before ED earlier and was grilled for 10-11 hours.
The lawyer said that Banerjee was asked about his income tax return 10 years ago and overseas visits by him and his family members.
Sibal told the Court that there is an embargo on his wife. She has to be interrogated at her residence, Sibal adding that a woman, a disabled person, a child should be investigated only where they reside and they can’t be called to Delhi.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for ED, told the Court that there is a difference between probes in offences dealing with provisions of PMLA and IPC and in IPC offences, there are police stations that have jurisdiction, however, in PMLA there is no such territorial jurisdiction.
Additional Solicitor General SV Raju clarified that enquiry dealing with offences under the provisions of PMLA can be held anywhere as it has no such territorial jurisdiction
ED told the Delhi HC that it has evidence that the wife of Abhishek Banerjee was in a beauty parlour, the day his wife has replied to the investigating agency that she is not in Delhi and she would not come. Unfortunately, we don’t provide services like a beauty parlour at our office, ASG Raju said.
Senior Advocate Sibal raised objections to such arguments related to beauty parlours and submitted that “Let us stick to the law”.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the argument is not a sarcastic remark but the investigating agency has proof and they know where she was in Delhi exactly.
ASG SV Raju said that the probe will happen at the instructions of the investigating officer and the agency officer has the right to decide when and where enquiry will be conducted and no interference by the accused is allowed.
The petitioners sought the Court’s direction to set aside and quash the summons issued in connection with the coal mining scam.
Abhishek Banerjee along with his wife Rujira Banerjee sought the issuance of direction to the ED to not summon them in New Delhi and carry out any further examination in Kolkata, West Bengal.
According to the plea, the ED had on September 10, issued fresh summons to Abhishek Banerjee under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 requiring the personal appearance of him along with a voluminous set of documents on September 21, 2021, in New Delhi.
The petitioners alleged that they have serious apprehensions about the fairness of the investigation being conducted by the ED owing to the fact that the respondent is adopting a pick and choose the attitude with respect to certain persons and is giving undue benefit and protection to complicit individuals and in return extracting false, baseless and malicious statements from them.
“The respondent agency is also selectively leaking information to the media with the intent of harming the reputation of the petitioners and encouraging a media trial, the details of which are further elaborated in the accompanying petition, in order to falsely embroil the Petitioners in baseless and scandalous allegations,” read the plea.
The petition stated that the petitioner Abhishek Banerjee, is a politician hailing from the state of West Bengal and is presently serving as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, having been elected from the Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas constituency in West Bengal and hence is a respected individual and a prominent member of the Indian polity and society. He has two minor children under her care, said the plea.
In this particular alleged illegal coal mining case, in the state of West Bengal, the CBI had already interrogated Abhishek Banerjee.

Abhishek Banerjee’s First look As A Lawyer From ‘Rashmi Rocket’ Out

Actor Abhishek Banerjee will be seen playing the role of a lawyer in ‘Rashmi Rocket’.

On Tuesday, the makers of the film unveiled the first look of Abhishek’s character. In the image, he can be seen sporting a black blazer, white shirt and a lawyer’s tie with specs. Speaking more about his role, Abhishek said, “I always wanted to be a lawyer because I was really good at debate competitions in my school. But, I never wanted to become a lawyer, I always wanted to act – that’s the best part about acting. You can play all the different career choices that you skipped in your life.”

He added, “This is my first white-collar role and I’m very excited about it. I think Akarsh is a great director, Taapsee is of course inspiring all of us by the hard work she’s doing and Priyanshu is an actor to look forward to. They’re all very good friends of mine so it was a great atmosphere on set also. This film has been a great learning experience for me.”

Helmed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role. It will release on Zee5 on October 15.

Abhishek Banerjee Appears before ED

Coal Scam Case: Abhishek Banerjee has said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can bring to the fore his involvement in any illegal transaction.

New Delhi, India, September 6 : Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi today in connection with the coal scam case. Abhishek, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was summoned along with his wife Rujira for questioning in connection to a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam. However, Rujira urged the ED to allow her to appear before officials in Kolkata as she expressed unwillingness to travel to the national capital due to Covid-19. 

“TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee appears before ED for questioning in money laundering case,” ED officials told. Earlier on Sunday, Abhishek Banerjee Sunday said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can bring to the fore his involvement in any illegal transaction. Speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport on his way to New Delhi to attend a summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged coal scam case, Banerjee accused the BJP of indulging in political vendetta having lost the state assembly elections.

“I reiterate what I had said in November at public meetings that if any central agency can prove my involvement in any illegal transaction of even 10 paise, there will be no need to hold any CBI or ED probe, I will walk up the podium and get myself hanged publicly,” he said.

He has been summoned to appear before the investigating officer of the case in New Delhi on September 6 for questioning in a money laundering case linked to the alleged coal scam in West Bengal.

“I am ready to face any and every kind of investigation,” Banerjee said, adding that despite it being a case of Kolkata, he was summoned to New Delhi. “Having lost the elections and failing to tackle Trinamool Congress politically, they (BJP) are now seeking revenge,” he claimed.

The BJP has no other job than to use the investigating agencies to fulfil their political interests, he alleged. Banerjee said that he would like to invite any BJP leader to sit face to face with him and discuss what the central agencies have done in the last five years and the fate of the country in the seven-year-rule of the Narendra Modi government.

“You (BJP) decide the date, time and venue and I will go; if I cannot expose them then I will not put my feet in the political arena anymore,” he asserted.

“Mamata has vision”

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: After joining Trinamool Congress (TMC), Sushmita Dev on Monday said that her discussions with party leadership showed they have clarity and excellent vision for the party.
Speaking to media after joining TMC, the former Congress leader said, “I met Abhishek Banerjee. It was a very good discussion, he has excellent vision and clarity for the party. We went to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She clearly has an excellent future vision for the party.” The newly inducted TMC leader added she “hopes to be helpful in that regard”.
Earlier today, soon after submitting her resignation from Congress, Sushmita Dev joined TMC in West Bengal.
She was inducted into the party in the presence of TMC leaders and MPs Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O’Brien.
Before this, Dev held a meeting with Banerjee at his office located in Camac Street in Kolkata.
The former Congress MP on Sunday wrote a letter to party interim President Sonia Gandhi about her resignation from the primary membership of the party.
She also expressed gratitude to the party President and wrote: “Madam, I thank you, personally, for your guidance and the opportunities you gave me. I value the enriching experience, I hope I have your good wishes as I begin a new chapter in my life of public service.”
After resigning from the party, Dev identified herself as “Former Member, Indian National Congress” in her Twitter bio.
Reacting to Dev quitting the party, Congress leader Kapil Sibal tweeted, “Sushmita Dev resigns from primary membership of our Party. While young leaders leave we ‘oldies’ are blamed for our efforts to strengthen it. The Party moves on with: Eyes Wide Shut.”

Nadda, Tripura CM discuss Cabinet reshuffle

New Delhi [India], August 16 : The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to put its house in order in Tripura. The Biplab Deb government and party’s state unit is expected to accommodate new faces in an expansion soon. The move comes after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb met BJP National President JP Nadda last week in the national capital.
According to sources, during the meeting, Nadda had asked Deb to concentrate on strengthening the party in the state and not cede space to the opposition.
Sources stated that this directive came after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee’s tour to the state.
Sources stated that apart from issues like reshuffle in the organization, talks of probable alliance with Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chief Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman was also discussed.
“However, everything is decided when elections come. For six months, all focus is to have better coordination and strengthening the organisation in the state,” sources said.
In the meeting, the leaders discussed a range of issues from alliances, probable alliances, organisational reshuffle and cabinet expansion apart from TMC’s activities in the state.
“There are issues that need to be resolved to keep organization strengthened especially when outsiders are trying to create unrest in the state. We also need to look at possible alliances that can be our long term partners. Also, there is an issue of cabinet expansion at hand,” said a source.
At present, BJP is in alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT). IPFT had made rounds to the national capital months ago to iron out differences in the alliances and demand jobs for tribals to strengthen the vote bank. IPFT is also demanding more berths in the cabinet.
Senior leaders in the party believe that IPFT position has weakened after it lost elections of Autonomous District Council elections. It was Barman who secured the maximum number of seats but lacks government support to fulfill promises he made to tribals during elections.
Amid the issues discussed, leaders too glanced over the fact that TMC is making desperate attempts to make inroads in the state, sources stated.
“TMC doesn’t have a base in Tripura. BJP is still strong. We just need to have a better grip on the state,” added the source.
This meeting that took place assumes significance today in the light of the fact that Sushmita Dev, former Congress MP has resigned from her party. There are talks in the party, both BJP and Congres, circles of her being inducted in TMC and to be given some responsibility in Tripura.
“Her father had won from Tripura West parliamentary constituency. However, how much this would mean if Dev joins TMC to be active in Tripura is yet to be seen,” said a senior party leader.
The 60 member Tripura Assembly is scheduled for polls in 2023.

Tripura Police registers FIR against TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, other party leaders

Agartala (Tripura) [India], August 11 : Tripura Police registered FIR against Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs Abhishek Banerjee, Dola Sen and other party leaders for misbehaving with the Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) and the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Khowai and preventing them from discharging their duty.
Apart from Banerjee, the case has also been registered against West Bengal minister Bratya Basu and party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh. The FIR states that following the arrest of 14 TMC leaders and workers on Sunday morning, a group of party workers led by minister Bratya Basu and MP Dola Sen reached the Khowai police station. Soon, Abhishek Banerjee also reached the station.
The police have stated that the group of TMC leaders misbehaved with the Additional SP and other police personnel and also shouted at them.
Tripura Police have registered a complaint against the top TMC leaders for misbehaving with the Additional SP and SDPO of Khowai and obstructing police personnel from discharging duty.
Last week, TMC alleged that its party workers were attacked by the BJP workers in Agartala. Abhishek Banerjee, MP from West Bengal and TMC member, accused BJP of choking democracy in Tripura.
However, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh on Monday termed it as ‘drama’ and said she has a habit of doing it.

Amit Shah behind attacks on Abhishek: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee has alleged that Amit Shah was responsible for the recent attacks on her nephew Abhishek Banerjee in Tripura.

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that Union Home Minister Amit Shah was responsible for the recent attacks on her nephew and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee ansd other party workers, and asserted that she won’t be cowed down by such acts.

Her allegation comes days after Abhishek Banerjee and TMC student activists were attacked in separate incidents in BJP-ruled Tripura, where the party hopes to expand its base ahead of the 2023 assembly elections.

“The BJP is running an anarchic government in Tripura, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and wherever they are in power. We condemn the attacks on Abhishek and our party activists in Tripura,” she said after meeting injured TMC workers at state-run SSKM hospital.

“Such attacks would not have been possible without the Union home minister’s active support. He is behind these attacks which were carried out in front of Tripura Police as it remained mute spectators. The Tripura Chief Minister doesn’t have the audacity to order such attacks,” she added.

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