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... As CPM quietly readies list of 40

Agartala, Jan. 7: The Tripura CPM is preparing to announce the list of the Left Front’s nominations for the upcoming Assembly elections while keenly watching the drama unfold over the nomination fiasco of the Congress.

At a time when Congressmen have risen in a state-wide revolt over the list of 50 names finalised by the National Election Committee and published in a local newspaper, the CPM has quietly issued instructions to 40 candidates out of their 60 candidates, to begin mass contact programmes, in preparation of the campaign.

“Our list of nomination is ready. The Left Front’s constituents, the RSP, has been allotted the R.K. Pur seat in South Tripura, Badharghat in West Tripura, the CPI has been allotted Santir Bazar seat in South Tripura and Banamalipur seat in Agartala town and Forward Block will contest from its old Town Bordwali seat. The CPM will contest the remaining 55 seats,” Haripada Das, office secretary of the CPM here, said.

He said the publication of the final electoral roll on January 12 would be followed by the formal announcement of the Left Front’s list of nominees for the Assembly elections.

“By January 12, the Congress nominations will also be clear and we will be in a better position to decide upon our nominations,” Das said.

He, however, conceded that there was no dispute over the nominations of 40 CPM candidates and they have been instructed to commence campaigning in cooperation with the local units of the party.

“There are no disputes over the 15 other seats that we will contest as well. We are, however, weighing the pros and cons of selection.”

He said the Left Front was confident of increasing its tally of seats in the Assembly from the present 49 seats in the 60-member house to at least 52. “The Congress has resorted to various means to confuse voters, but has not succeeded. Instead of crying hoarse against us, the Congress should mind its own house,” he said.

“The wisdom is that when a voter list is error-free and the voter turnout is high, the ruling party is in trouble, but the reverse happened in Tripura. Before 2008 polls, 2.36 lakh fake, dead, minor and Bangladeshi voters had been dropped and the polling percentage was at 92.21 per cent, which is a record, but the Left Front won eight more seats in the election to recapture power. In 2003, we won 41 seats, but in 2008, we won 49 seats,” Das said, adding that Congress would suffer a worse disaster this time.

“They now have only 10 seats and one member from the INPT, but in this election, the Congress will win around eight seats and INPT will draw a blank,” he added.