TMC unlikely to join Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Bengal

Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress is unlikely to join the Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ when it enters West Bengal on January 25, a senior party leader said on Wednesday.

The Yatra, currently in Assam, is scheduled to enter West Bengal through Bakshirhat in Cooch Behar district on January 25. After a recess of two days –January 26-27, it will be traversing Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur and Darjeeling before reaching Bihar on January 29.

It will re-enter West Bengal on January 31 through Malda and travel via Murshidabad, both strongholds of the Congress, before leaving the state on February 1.

On Tuesday, some people carrying Trinamool Congress flags were seen participating in the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, with Assam unit chief Ripun Bora confirming that the party members took part in the yatra in a post on X.

Bora later deleted his post that also carried pictures of TMC workers in the yatra.

A senior party leader later said the TMC did not officially participate in the Congress’ Rahul Gandhi-led yatra, though some workers might have joined in their personal capacity.

The TMC leader stressed that the seat-sharing talks remain a priority, and needs to be addressed first.

Assam Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Ripun Bora had earlier in the day posted on X about the party’s participation in the yatra with pictures of TMC workers holding party flags welcoming Gandhi.

‘Large number of @AITC4Assam leaders & workers welcomed Rahul Gandhi at Guwahati & joined the #BharatJodoNyayYatra,’ Bora had said in the post that he later deleted.

Bora is a former state Congress chief and a former Rajya Sabha MP who had switched sides to join the TMC.

The ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ will enter West Bengal on Thursday.

Seat-sharing talks in West Bengal hit an impasse after the TMC offered two seats to the Congress, which the party said was too few.