Silchar: While Trinamool Congress is
keen to enter into an electoral alliance with its UPA ally
Congress in West Bengal, it has gone separate ways in Assam,
deciding to fight the poll alone.
The party has already announced its first list of 55
candidates, including former minister Bijit Saikia from Tezpur
Assembly seat, and is scheduled to announce a second list
It will contest 12 of the 15 Assembly seats in the Barak
valley where there is a sizeable presence of Bengalis, and is
confident of winning at least seven of them.
In 2009, Trinamool had sprung a surprise by winning five
Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh out of 28 seats where it
had put up candidates to make inroads in the Northeast for the
The candidates it had fielded in Arunachal comprised
mostly those who were denied tickets by the Congress, a fact
which is in display in Assam too.
In Manipur, the party had won a by-election from
Konthoujam Assembly seat last month defeating a Congress rival
after forming an electoral alliance with the BJP.
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee will campaign for the
party in the state and is likely to address five rallies at
Silchar and Karimganj, Trinamool general secretary Neelotpal