CPI-M Tripura committee reconstituted

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Agartala, Aug 7 (UNI) The Tripura unit of the CPI(M) has reconstituted its 14-member State Secretariat after the 19th state conference and formed a new 83-member state committee, headed by Bijan Dhar.

Veteran CPI(M) leader and former party secretary for the past 10 years Baidyanath Majumdar (84) was replaced by Mr Dhar following ill health of the veteran leader. This decision was taken at the 19th state conference held here yesterday.

Talking to mediapersons, newly-elected Mr Dhar said besides CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, 511 party members had participated in the three-day state conference.

''The CPI(M)-led Left Front government in West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala has been functioning better than the other state governments in the country and the party is committed to working for the development of the underprivileged sections of the society,'' Mr Dhar claimed.

Referring to Mr Karat's speech in the party conference, he pointed out that the CPI(M) would continue to pursue for a third alternative in the country, which would be different from the Third Front.

While the Third Front would go for electoral alliance with Leftist parties, the third alternative would be a ''secular pro-people force, minus the BJP and Congress, to restore political stability in the country and address major issues like the nuclear deal, price rise and internal security.'' ''By the end of this month, the new Third Front would take shape,'' Mr Dhar said.

He claimed that the Leftists were not concerned about electoral politics, rather they were more interested to keep the secular fabric of the country intact, resist terrorism and fundamentalism and institute pro-people policy to safeguard the country.

He underlined that the party conference had also discussed issues of the party's strengths and weaknesses at length while contemplating to school the party workers on Marxism, Democratic-Socialism and development issues.

The conference expressed satisfaction over the performance of the Left Front government in Tripura for the past 15 years.

The conference also observed that the literacy rate in Tripura had reached 81.5 per cent and the state had achieved the top position in the Northeastern region in the implementation of rural development projects, Mr Dhar added.

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