Tripura polls: Cong rules out change in candidates' list

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Agartala, Jan 14: Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Sudip Roy Barman on Sunday said that the team of candidates that the party finalised for the February 14 assembly polls presented a nice blend between experience and youth and there was no need to make any change.

Speaking at a press conference at the Congress Bhavan here on Sunday evening, Barman said the Election Commission (EC) had cleared the list of candidates after taking into consideration all aspects and there was no scope for change, even though a section of the party members were raising such demand. The rift in the Congress over granting of poll tickets came out in the open recently and in some areas, members ransacked their own party offices and destroyed poll equipment.


Barman also said that the Congress was hopeful of forming the next government after toppling the two-decade long Left rule in the state. He said his party was looking to bring a qualitative change in the state. He also accused the CPI(M) of trying to split the opposition votes and said that the people would negate such attempt for they would not waste their rights. When asked about the Congress's alliance with the National Conference of Tripura (NCT), Barman said the door for negotiation was still open.

The NCT recently decided to contest from 11 seats after alleging that the Congress was not giving it enough response over a seat-sharing deal.

He said the name of the party candidate from Matabari constituency will be announced shortly.

The state opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath, who was also present on the occasion, accused the ruling CPI(M) of triggering pre-poll violence in the state. He said the ruling party was unleashing terror to keep themselves relevant, adding that the next election result would not go in its favour.

On the photo electoral rolls, Nath said the revised list was yet not totally error-free. He said the EC had assured to look into the matter to delete names of more fake voters. The EC had recently scrapped names of over 46,000 fake voters from the list after the Congress complained about such fake voters.

Nath said the Congress never tried to defer the polls as some had alleged and that the party wanted preparation of error-free rolls to ensure free and fair elections. He said the CPI(M) would not return to power if the elections were held in a free and fair manner.

Veteran Congress leader Ratan Chakraborty, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl and general secretary Jagadish Debbarma were also present at the press conference.

Rift in Congress over party ticket continues

Agartala, Jan 13: The rift within the Congress over granting of poll tickets is far from over. A repetition of the ugly scuffle that broke out in areas like Boxa Nagar and Chandipur on Saturday was seen in Amarpur on Sunday. There, supporters of former minister Jawahar Sarkar, ransacked party offices, flags and festoons alleging that the party did not nominate the right candidate.

Intuc block president Haradhan Das led a protest against the nomination of Niranjan Barman as a poll candidate, saying the latter as an agent of the CPI(M). Supporters of Barman, however, started campaigning in various parts of Amarpur on Sunday.

In Charilam in West Tripura district, local Congress leader Amal Debnath said that party leaders and supporters of the area would resign en masse if the party's official candidate, Himani Debbarma was not withdrawn. They wanted Pradyot Bikram Kishore Debbarman nominated as the party candidate from Charilam constituency.

Congress candidate suffers cardiac arrest

Agartala, Jan 13: Dipak Roy, the Congress candidate who is set to contest the upcoming assembly elections from Kamalasagar constituency, suffered a mild cardiac arrest while attending a party meeting at the Congress Bhavan on Sunday. He was rushed to GBP Hospital, said party leader Ratan Lal Nath. Roy, who was released later following a check-up, has been advised complete rest for a few days by the doctors.

INPT to reveal candidates' list, formally makes poll alliance with Congress

Agartala, Jan 13: INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma on Sunday said that it would declare the names of its candidates for the upcoming assembly polls on Monday. The outfit made the announcement after sealing an electoral understanding with the Congress. Party's general secretary Jagadish Debbarma said

Earlier, PCC media wing chairperson Ratan Chakraborty formally announced the party's formal electoral alliance with the INPT. Both the parties decided to contest the polls together to put an end to the 20-year rule of the Left Front, he said.

As per the agreement, the Congress left 11 assembly seats for the INPT, although the latter had been demanding 14 seats. One seat, reserved for the STs, was offered to the NCT, although the latter reportedly sought at least three seats reserved for the STs.

Chakraborty also said that the Congress and INPT would jointly publish the election manifesto soon. Sources said the AICC is working on the manifesto and will prepare it in some time.

CPI nominates physician from Banmalipur constituency

Agartala, Jan 13: The CPI has fielded Dr Yudhistir Das from Banmalipur assembly constituency. Sources in the Left Front informed this on Saturday. The ruling front had announced names of its party candidates for 59 of the 60 assembly constituencies on January 9. Twelve out of the 59 candidates are new while five candidates are woman. The CPI(M), the leading ally of the Left Front in Tripura, has fielded candidates from 55 seats, while the CPI and RSP have fielded two candidates each. The Forward Bloc has given one candidate.

CPI(M) makes a cautious preparation for the polls

Kailashnagar (Tripura), Jan 13: The CPI(M) leadership, after witnessing the collapse of the 34-year-rule of the Left in West Bengal two years ago, announced a slew of programmes for different sections of the society and state employees during the concluding part of its tenure.

However, it seems the party is not yet not fully confident about the poll outcome and that is evident from the fact that it has not attempted any major change in its team of candidates who would contest the February 14 polls. The party has retained many of the sitting MLAs and is banking on the outcomes in the reserved seats.

The party is aware about the anti-incumbency sentiment and angry mood over corruption and partisan politics. It is also aware about the Congress's challenge despite the fact that the latter has been undergoing serious rift in the state. The CPI(M) has also attacked the Congress's poll promises, including, loans for unemployed and waiver of loans.

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