FB condemns CPI(M) to put its candidate for Tripura poll

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Agartala, Jan 28 (UNI) All India Forward Bloc has condemned the CPI(M) for the latter move to put an AIFB's secretariat member as candidate for the Bardowali assembly constituency in February election.

AIFB's state secretary Shyamal Roy has alleged that its Councillor of Agartala Municipal Council Sudhir Chandra Majumder had joined the CPI(M) on Saturday following an assurance that he would be given a party nomination.

He criticised the CPI (M) and said the party was indulging in horse trading in the Left Front. He said this would creat a precedent in the Left Front politics in India.

" The CPI(M) has lost its base and as a result, it hired FB leaders as their candidate in the elite constituency like Bardowali in Agartala", Mr Roy said and added that the move was a significance in view of the misunderstanding between Forward Bloc and CPI (M) over seat sharing issue.

The crack between the parties widened as both the parties stuck to their stand.

The CPI (M) is likely to field Sudhir Chandra Majumder in the Bardowali Assembly constituency if the Forward Bloc did not put up its candidate under the Left Front banner.

The Forward Bloc, a key constituent of the ruling alliance in Tripura, had quit the Left Front after being denied the preferred number of seats to contest in the coming Assembly election in the state by the CPI(M).

In 1978, the CPI-M, the Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) came together to form the Left Front in Tripura. Later, the CPI also joined the Front.

" The CPI-M is totally responsible for the split. The Forward Bloc has quit the alliance because of the dominating attitude of the CPI-M, which had virtually established one-party rule within the Front,'' Roy said adding that Left alliance in the state was no longer called the Left Front, as it now comprises only the CPI-M, the CPI and the RSP.

The Forward Bloc, which has no legislator in the present Assembly, had demanded three seats to contest in the next month's polls. The CPI-M, however, had dismissed the demand and said only one seat would be given to the Forward Bloc.

The Forward Bloc has now decided to contest election from 15 out of 60 seats in Tripura assembly on February 23.

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