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Sushmita Dev joins TMC; BJP says its surprising, Cong terms it as unfortunate move

By Staff Correspondent
Sushmita Dev joins TMC; BJP says its surprising, Cong terms it as unfortunate move

Silchar, Aug 16: Former Congress MP and All India Mahila Congress Committee Chief Sushmita Dev's decision to quit the Congress party has stirred ripples of speculation and reactions from leaders from within the Congress party and also from the BJP and even the TMC.

Expressing reactions over the decision ofthe former Congress MP from Silchar that has triggered speculations of her joining the All India Trinamool Congress, Dr M Santi Kumar Singh, Cachar district general secretary of Trinamool Congress has expressed happiness saying, "our dal netri Mamata Bannerjee has been in the lookout for an able leader to take charge of Assam and work for TMC to prosper in the state and also in the Northeast. Should the former Silchar MP eventually join us, we would be elated to receive her."

Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy said, " this has taken me by surprise as I never thought Sushmita, having a relationship spanning over four generations with the Congress party will leave the party for personal political gains."

The BJP on its own will try to formulate policies to work for the people and development. It has nothing to do with what the Congress party is doing or not doing. The Congress party today is a sinking ship and no amount of oxygen will help to revive the party, Dr Roy maintained.

On the other hand, North Karimganj legislator Kamalakhsya Dey Purakaystha, with whom Sushmita had shared a photograph recently after the former was named to render responsibilities as the APCC working president, has termed this move by Sushmita Dev as "unfortunate."

"We cannot deny that Sushmita Dev has been a formidable leader for us. But if there were differences, she could have shared with us and we would have tried to fix the issues. The decision to quit the party which has given her and her family everything for generations is unfortunate. However, now that she has chosen to leave the party, we are unfazed and shall work hard for the party in the days ahead," the APCC working president added.

Former chairperson of Silchar civic board Tamal Kanti Banik, who has been a close aide of Dev said, "the decision is absolutely her personal choice. But we will feel her absence in the party as we go along."

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