Kolkata: Encouraged by its performance in the
just-held Manipur Assembly elections, the Trinamool Congress
said it was moving closer to being recognised as a national
To become a national party, a political outfit has to get
recognised as a state party in at least four states and the
TMC has earned that tag in three states, Mukul Roy, all
India general secretary of the party, said.
"We are moving towards becoming a national party.After
Manipur, the Trinamool Congress has the distinction of being
recognised as a state party in three states, the other two
being West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh," Roy, a close aide of
Mamata Banerjee, said.
While in West Bengal, he pointed out, the party had
bagged 185 out of 294 seats, in Arunachal Pradesh it secured
five seats out of 60.
TMC, a new entrant to Manipur politics, will become the
main opposition party in the 60-member House by virtue of
winning seven seats.
Asked if the party was hoping to achieve the national
status after the Assembly election in Tripura in 2013, he said
there would be elections in some states prior to Tripura.
He said that newly-elected party legislators in Manipur
would make a "courtesy call" on party supremo Mamata Banerjee
On whether party MLAs in Manipur would press for
withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in operation
in the state, Roy said, "Party MLAs there would work in
accordance with commitments made in the election manifesto."