Tripura victory absolves CPI(M) of charges of rigging: Yechury

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New Delhi, Mar 7 (UNI) The CPI(M) today asserted that the party's landslide victory in Tripura Assembly polls has absolved it of the charges of "scientific rigging".

''The results' clear message is that the Left always worked in the interest of the people -- the peasantry, workers, womenfolk, the youth and other weaker sections of society,'' CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told newspersons at the Party headquarters--A K Gopalan Bhawan where its highest decision making body met this morning.

The party's two-day Central Committee (CC) meeting is to finalise the party Political and Organisational Reports and the preparations for the Party Congress being held in Coimbatore from March 29.

The Committee is also reviewing the party's relationship with the UPA and the government's move to carry forward the civil nuclear deal. Party senior leaders M K Pandhe and W R Vardhrajan said the party would not allow the Manmohan Singh government to clinch the deal even as it was making some vain attempts.

If the government went ahead, it would lose the Left support, they added.

The CPI(M) headquarter was abuzz with the celebrations.

Sweets were being distributed and the cadres took out a victory rally, raising slogans like" Red salute to people of Tripura" and "Tripura phir laal hai, Congress behal hai( Tripura is red again, the Congress is in bad shape).

Mr Yechury said the Left, which was always charged with mastering the art of scientific rigging, had clinched the resounding victory when the polls were conducted on the basis of 100 per cent photo identiy cards and photo electoral rolls.

On the Forward Bloc fighting independently but faring poorly, the CPI(M) leader said there was no question of a big or small party.

''The moot question is that the people are with the Left Front.'' Party West Bengal Secretary and Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the Left had not only retained its traditional vote bank, but had also got large number of votes from the Congress camp.

The Left leader said the Congress had not only indulged in an "opportunistic politics" but also made an alliance with the terrorist outfits.

"The people of Tripura have rejected the economic policies of the Centre as well.'' '' We have achieved a hat trick in Tripura, Kerala and West Bengal,'' Mr Bose observed.

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