Kolkata: UPA ally Trinamool Congress
which takes on the ruling Congress in Manipur for the January
28 assembly polls there today slammed the Armed Forces Special
Powers Act (AFSA) in the state saying the party would raise it
in parliament, if necessary.
"People in Manipur is fed up with the AFSA and it is
wrongly utilised. If necessary our party MPs will raise the
issue in parliament demanding its withdrawal," all-India
Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy said.
He said that Trinamool Congress which has a lone
member in the outgoing assembly would contest in 48 of the 60
seats in Manipur.
"We are confident that Trinamool will do well in the
polls. The Trinamool Congress wants that there should be a
pro-people and transparent government in Manipur," Roy, the
union minister of state for shipping, said.
He said that party chief and West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee would campaign for party candidates
in Manipur. She would address a meeting in Imphal on January
Roy who would accompany Banerjee in the campaigning
said that the party was yet to finalise seat-sharing with the
Janata Dal (United) in Uttar Pradesh.
"Dialogue is on with Janata Dal (United) for
seat-sharing, but nothing has been finalised as yet," he
The Trinamool Congress planned to contest in over 100
seats in the 403-member UP assembly, he said.
"Not yet decided", he said when asked whether the
party chief would address election meetings in Uttar Pradesh.
He said that his party would contest 40 seats in Goa
and in some constituencies in the 70-member Uttarakhand