On November 25, Raijor Dol President Akhil Gogoi said that his party has not accepted the Trinamool Congress’s proposal of a merger as it does not want to compromise on its Assamese identity.
While speaking in a press conference, Gogoi said that only West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee can challenge and defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the present political situation.
Statements by Akhil Gogoi:
He said, “I have not met TMC leaders, but they have been in touch with us regularly. They even contacted us just a while ago. They invited us to discuss all issues and take a final decision.”
“The TMC is giving us a proposal that we should merge with them. Our point is that we represent the Assamese regional sentiment. We are a regional political party, representing Assamese nationalism. We don’t want to compromise on our separate regional identity,” Gogoi further added.
If the opposition wants to defeat the BJP and RSS in 2024, then all the regional forces must unite and form a federal front, he added.
He also stated that if there is anyone who can challenge and defeat Modi in the present, it is one and only Mamata Banerjee.
TMC’s aspiration of ruling:
Nevertheless, the TMC has been trying to expand its presence across the country with an ambition to lead the anti-BJP force in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and project Banerjee as the only reliable challenger to Modi.
Out of 17, twelve of the MLAs in Meghalaya which includes former chief minister Mukul Sangma, joined the TMC, dealing a body blow to the grand old party in the Northeastern state.