Guwahati: Tripura Congress leader Piyush Kanti Biswas has resigned as the party’s state unit chief and “retired from politics”, according to a short tweet posted on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Biswas’ resignation is another setback for the Congress and its efforts to regain power in the northeastern states, beginning with Tripura, which votes for a new government in two years.
Mr. Vishwas said, “I wholeheartedly thank all the Congress leaders, supporters for your cooperation during my tenure as TPCC President (caretaker). Today I have resigned from the post of President and also retired from politics. My heartfelt gratitude to Sonia Gandhi ji,” said Mr. Vishwas. tweeted.
With sincere gratitude I thank all Congress Leaders, supporters for your cooperation during my tenure as TPCC President (acting). Today I have resigned from the post of President and retired from politics as well. My sincere gratitude towards Hon’ble CP Smt. Sonia Gandhiji.
— Pijush Kanti Biswas (@sradvbiswas) August 21, 2021
As unfortunate as his stepping down is, it could become worse for the party – sources indicate Mr Biswas, who is close to former Congress leader Sushmita Dev, is also likely to join the Trinamool.
Ms Dev – the ex-chief of the Congress’ women’s wing – joined Bengal’s ruling party in the presence of senior leaders like Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is Mamata Banerjee’s nephew.
Ms Banerjee’s party, boosted by a statement win over the BJP in the Bengal election, is working with poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC (which played a key role in her poll victory) on expanding its footprint in the northeastern state ahead of the 2023 election.
Last week Trinamool workers and supporters took to the streets of Agartala chanting the “khela hobe” (game on) slogan as they urged leaders from the CPM and other opposition parties in the state to unite with them to stop the BJP.
The Trinamool made a similar call ahead of the 2011 Bengal election, when it brought down a Left government in power for over three decades. Several Left leaders switched allegiances then.
Mamata Banerjee has emerged as one of the stronger voices calling on opposition parties across the country to join hands to take down the BJP.
She met Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi last month for talks widely considered important in this regard, and yesterday she was part of an online meeting of 19 opposition parties, including the Congress, on the way towards the 2024 Lok Sabha elections was called to work in the interest of the nation”.
Ms Banerjee underscored the need for the presence of every opposition party at such meetings, “even those not affiliated with the Congress” – absentees like the Akali Dal, AAP, and the Samajwadi Party and the BSP from UP. A comment linked to, where polls are due in a few months.