Tripura: Massive squabble hits Congress ahead of polls

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Kailasahar (Tripura), Jan 12: The Chandipur block Congress committee members have resorted to openly oppose the party's nominated candidate for the upcoming assembly election. Block president Ajoy Deb said on Saturday that quite a few number of party members resigned from their official posts in protest. He warned that if Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) secretary Debashish Sen was not given ticket to contest the polls from Chandipur, then a number of Congress activists might boycott the polls.

Deb said the party's nominated candidate, Nirmalendu Deb, has no grassroot basis in the constituency whereas Sen had worked hard to strengthen the party's organisation in these parts over the last five years. A big section of party supporters felt that Sen would have been more effective in challenging the CPI(M) from this seat.

Meanhile, Sudhangshu Sinha, the block Youth Congress president said the resentment of the Congress members could affect the election result in Kailasahar.


The dissent turned worse in Boxa Nagar where the decision to field Billal Miyan led to a huge protest from the anti-Billal faction. The latter said Miyan had little connection with the electorate and instead preferred Tafajjal. Miyan's supporters counter-protested, burned and ransacked their own party office and poll equipment. Anti-party dissents were also expressed over denial of party tickets in Rajnagar, Manikyanagar and Charilam.

Left Front to organise mammoth rally on January 20

Agartala, Jan 12: The ruling Left Front is set to organise a huge election rally at Astable Ground here on January 20. Besides Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and other leaders of the Front are scheduled to address the rally. The Front, which is desperate to protect its bastion in Tripura after its government was toppled in West Bengal in 2011, will launch its sweltering campaign through the mammoth rally.

The CPI(M) has asked all party units and frontal organisations to mobilise supporters towards the goal of forming the seventh Left Front government in the state. The Left Front is in power in the state for two decades and was led by chief ministers Dasarath Deb and Manik Sarkar. It was also led for ten years at a stretch between 1978 and 1988 by Nripen Chakraborty, the late CPI(M) leader.

Congress to meet on Sunday

Agartala, Jan 12: A day after the Congress announced its list of 48 candidates for the assembly elections, Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee preident Sudip Roy convened a meeting at Congress Bhavan on Sunday. Many senior leaders of the party were suuposed to attend the meeting, PCC spokesperson Dr Ashok Sinha said on Saturday. It was learnt that the party leadership would hand out specific election duty to some of the leaders during the meeting. Those leaders who had been denied party tickets were also asked to remain present in the meeting.

Bishalgarh sub-division to have 143 polling stations

Bishalgarh (Tripura), Jan 12: The election registration officer of Bishalgarh sub-division on Saturday released information on the number of polling booths to be set up for the upcoming state elestion. It was learnt that a total of 143 polling booths would be set up in the sub-division and they would be equipped with electronic voting machines (EVMs) to cater to three constituencies located in the sub-division. Kamalasagar general constitiency would have 47 booths while 16-Bishalgarh and Charilam (ST) would have 40 polling stations.

CPI(M), Cong begin poll campaigning

Belonia (Tripura), Jan 12: Various parties on Saturday began campaigning for their respective candidates set to contest the elections from Rishyamukh assembly constituency. The CPI(M) has fielded Amal Mallick from this seat while Sushankar Bhowmik is contesting on Congress's ticket. Both candidates have started heading rallies and also campaigned from door to door. Both met local voters and promised them to look after their demands if they were voted to power. Both parties have asked the voters to cautiously exercise their ballots during the election.

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