| CPM workers celebrate the party victory in Agartala on Thursday. (PTI) |
Agartala, Feb. 28: The Tripura Left Front’s big-bang return to power with a huge margin of seats and votes has set off wild celebrations across the state with the supporters of the front resorting to fireworks, setting the night sky alive with light and sound.
Narayan Chandra Saha, proprietor of the Ramthakur Decorators and Bidhan Podder, owner of a big shop of utensils and ceramics, purchased fireworks worth Rs 2 lakh for specially celebrating the victory of the Left Front.
“What we wanted has happened; we do not understand politics much but what we do understand is that we have been doing business in complete peace and harmony and this should continue,” said Narayan, speaking on the sidelines of his celebratory fireworks in the Post Office Chowmuhuni area of Agartala.
Similar reports of celebrations were reported from different parts of the state but an unseemly incident happened in the busy Nagerjala motorstand area of Agartala where a group of unruly Citu workers set fire to the office of the Intuc.
Senior Citu leaders of the state, however, visited the area and reined in their raucous supporters within a short time. No other incident of violence has been reported so far.
In the CPM state headquarters in the Melarmath area of Agartala, party leaders spoke to reporters.
The convener of the Left Front and CPM MP from West Tripura, Khagen Das, said the people of the state “have rebuffed” the politics of deception of the Congress.
“The leaders of the Congress had planned to deceive the people by making unrealistic promises which can never be fulfilled but they have been rebuffed; we knew we would win but this result is really joyful, we thank and congratulate people of Tripura,” said Das.
While the CPM offices bristled with party workers and supporters the Congress Bhawan, headquarters of the party in Tripura, wore a deserted and desolate look. The party supporters were few and far between near the Congress Bhawan. Amidst the general gloom that has descended on the Congress camp, the lone exception was the party’s vice president Surajit Dutta who narrowly lost from the Ramnagar constituency in Agartala town by 65 votes. “I have won five times since 1988 and now lost; this is all in the game, in life as in politics you have to taste and accept both; I honour the judgment of the people of Ramnagar,” said a smiling Dutta in an interview with a TV news channel, sitting next to his victorious rival Ratan Das.