Tripura, July 21: As many as 82 workers of the TMC who had assembled to listen to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s speech on the occasion of Shaheed Diwas on Wednesday, July 21, were detained in Kailash Nagar in Tripura by the police.
The Trinamool Congress had made arrangements in several states including Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Assam, and others to have a live broadcast of Mamata Banerjee’s speech which is going to be around 2 pm today.
The speech will be telecast across 32 districts in Gujarat, Tripura, Delhi and Madurai, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Giant screens will be put up at specific locations in the respective areas where people can watch and listen to Banerjee’s speech.
The 82 workers of the Trinamool Congress were put together in a bus and were escorted away.
The incident comes after the Trinamool Congress announced its plans to expand its base in other states to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after its massive win in the 2021 Assembly elections. Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee had made the announcement.
“We have received around one lakh emails from people across India thanking the Trinamool Congress for defeating the BJP in assembly polls. We will take the BJP head-on in every state where the TMC builds its foundation,” Abhishek Banerjee said.
Speculations are rife in political circles that as Congress’ fortunes are dwindling, regional parties like the TMC and Nationalist Congress Party are waiting to grab the opportunity to stake a claim for the prime ministerial candidate post during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.