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Trinamool Pitches "Bengal Model" To Tripura, Sets Up Office In Agartala 10 Months Before Polls

Trinamool Congress will pitch the “Bengal model for governance” in Tripura elections next year, as Mamata Banerjee and her party try to increase its presence outside West Bengal. Two and a quarter months after announcing a 132 member state committee, the party established its Agartala state headquarters on Monday.

It has established headquarters in At least two north-eastern States, Assam, and Meghalaya. However, TMC’s desire to overthrow the BJP in Tripura hinges on linguistics. More than 60 per cent of Tripura’s people speak Bengali, followed by Kokborok or Tripuri with 25 per cent, according to the latest census (2011).

Tripura is our next destination. That is what we are doing. “We will apply the Bengal model for governance in the state, and continue to oust BJP form governance,” Rajib Banerjee, the party’s in-charge of state affairs said. He was citing TMC National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee.

He said that Tripura will implement all the social-sector schemes of the Bengal government once the TMC is in power. The March elections will be held next year.

Subal Bhowmik (the president of the party’s Tripura division), said that people “wait for that day”. “Even last evening, the ruling party BJP tried to prevent the inauguration our party office,” he claimed. “But Tripurans are behind us, and they demand Mamata Banerjee’s leadership to liberate Tripura from the oppressive BJP government.”