Agartala, Jan 27: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has finalised the list of candidates for the Tripura Assembly elections, scheduled on February 23, and assured the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) that the list would be announced by tomorrow. TPCC leaders said here today that the announcement was delayed due to a standoff between the Congress and its allies and claimed that the Congress would come to power in the state this time.
TPCC leader Gopal Roy told UNI over phone from Delhi that the much speculated pre-poll alliance of the Congress with the regional Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) had materialised after four rounds of discussions. TPCC officials said though the INPT had insisted the Congress to leave 14 constituencies out of 20 reserved for tribal people, finally it was decided that the INPT would contest from 11 seats while the rest nine tribal constituencies would be given to the Congress.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Council of Tripura (NCT) has turned down the proposal to accept the Congress's symbol to contest the upcoming elections in the state. NCT leader and MLA Animesh Debbarma said, ''The number of seats is not an issue. The NCT is ready to accept two seats as the Congress has offered but we will not contest the poll with Congress-symbol, the condition the AICC has kept for us to be in the alliance.'' Mr Debbarma stated that the NCT would contest with independent symbol otherwise the party could not be recognised separately.
The People Democratic Socialist (PDS) party also threatened to fight alone unless two seats - Nalchar and Sabroom - would be given to them as an alliance partner, former MP and PDS chief Ajoy Biswas said.