Tripura Congress to review poll results

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Agartala, Mar 10 (UNI) The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) today convened a meeting of all its candidates, who had contested the just-concluded Assembly elections, following instructions from the AICC to review the election results and post-poll situation.

TPCC president Samir Ranjan Barman, who also lost the election, said the party's poor show was most unanticipated and the Congress needed to analyse the cause of the shocking drubbing.

The former Chief Minister lost his Bishalgarh seat in west Tripura to CPI(M) nominee Bhanulal Saha by a margin of 914 votes.

Meanwhile, the Congress workers raised voices against Mr Barman and his son Sudip Roy Barman and held them responsible for the debacle. They also demanded his resignation from the TPCC president post on March 8.

''Weak organisational network, differences between the party workers and leadership, mistrust of a cross section of people, including government employees in the party, are among the major factors for the party's debacle in the February 23 elections,'' Congress spokesman Tapas Dey said.

CPI(M) spokesperson Goutam Das said, ''The sweeping results of the Left Front were a reflection of the people's trust in the Left parties' efforts to bring peace and continue development in the northeastern state. This is a verdict of good governance by curbing militancy in the bordering state.'' UNI BB DPM SP HT1520

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