Ousted Communist says CPM undemocratic

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Agartala, Nov 6 (UNI) Veteran Communist leader Jitendra Sarkar, who recently resigned from the CPI(M), today charged the ruling Left Front in Tripura with being undemocratic.

''Rampant corruption and power hankering politics has become a major problem in the party, which forced me to snap ties with it and join the newly floated Dalit Samajtantrik Dal,'' the former Assembly Speaker told the media.

Mr Sarkar also accused the Left of 'individualism' as most of its ministers and leaders were 'involved in financial corruption'.

''There is no democracy in the CPI(M) and if anybody raises question, he is heckled because the party has become very autocratic in nature,'' he said.

Mr Sarkar was elected to the Assembly five times, since 1978, from the Teliamura constituency in west Tripura but was dropped in the last election and finally ousted from the party last week.

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