A 23-member team of poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s company I-PAC, which has been camping in a hotel in Tripura’s Agartala since last week for political assessment for Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of 2023 state assembly elections, was allegedly not allowed to go out of their hotel for work and was put under “house arrest" by local police.
The TMC, which is making its base strong in Tripura, had recently appointed Ashish Lal Singh as the party president in the state. “This is shameful. The IPAC team came and from night they are undergoing verification and they are almost in house arrest. Is the BJP scared of is this democracy?" asked Singh, who is also the son of Sachindra Lal Singh, the first chief minister of Tripura.
“Our people have been literally put under house arrest for what reason we don’t know. We are looking into the matter," said the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC).
Slamming the BJP for this incident, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee tweeted, “The fear in @BJP4Tripura before even @AITCofficial stepped into the land, is more than evident! They are so rattled by our victory in #Bengal that they’ve now kept 23 IPAC employees under house arrest. Democracy in this nation dies a thousand deaths under BJP’s misrule!"
The fear in @BJP4Tripura before even @AITCofficial stepped into the land, is more than evident!They are so rattled by our victory in #Bengal that they've now kept 23 IPAC employees under house arrest.
Democracy in this nation dies a thousand deaths under BJP's misrule!
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) July 26, 2021
However, the local police denied the allegations and stated that they conducted verification of the visitors as part of a routine check-up.
Reportedly, some TMC supporters were on July 21 arrested for allegedly violating Covid-19 pandemic guidelines and gathering in large numbers to listen to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s speech on Martyr’s day.
The TMC believes that the BJP is “scared" of it as the party is expanding its base across the country.