Trinamool in for further erosion , senior leaders meeting BJP tomorrow

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Mar 20, 2017 : In yet another big blow to the fledgling Trinamool Congress, a group of senior leaders of the party including Ratan Chakraborty, Arun Chandra Bhowmik and advocate Nitai Chowdhury will sit for meeting with BJP state president Biplab Deb, 'Pravari' Sunil Deodhar and others to discuss political strategy . Sources in BJP indicated that the senior Trinamool leaders had themselves sought time for the meeting and the discussion will centre round their joining of the party soon . Fed up with the shape of Trinamool after six Congress MLAs had joined the party these disgruntled leaders have decided to throw in their political lot with the BJP. 'Several other leaders are also in touch with us via emissaries but we can not disclose their names at this stage; ultimately Trinamool will cease to exist in Tripura' sources said .

They added that all the leaders in touch with BJP for joining the party have put a 'very simple condition' that the entry into the party of a particular controversial leader and Trinamool MLA will be precluded by the state BJP leadership who broadly agree to the condition. Asserting that tomorrow's meeting will lead to further swelling of BJP's ranks , sources said that veteran Congress MLA and former leader of the opposition Ratan Lal Nath will also join BJP 'in due time' later this year.

Meanwhile, sources in Congress said that the party , enfeebled by desertion and defection, might go in for an alliance with the CPI (M) in the next assembly polls on the West Bengal model. 'The rise of BJP is putting every party in jeopardy and it is time for closing ranks; CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechudi has also indicated after the UP assembly polls that a broad-based alliance of all parties including the Congress will be needed to thwart BJP and save the country; so we think that for the Tripura assembly polls there may be an alliance; Rahul Gandhi will be formally approached for this and he may discuss the issue with top level of CPI (M) leadership' sources in Congress said.

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