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CPM yet to take decision

Agartala, April 27: The ruling CPM is yet to take a call on the replacement of senior indigenous leader Jiten Chowdhury in the cabinet, despite discussions on the matter.

Chowdhury, who had been a minister for more than two decades, was was the party candidate for the April 12 election to the Lok Sabha from the East Tripura (ST) seat.

He is tipped to win by a record margin this time as the Opposition parties hardly have any organisational base in the predominantly hilly constituency.

However, the party is yet to decide on who will replace Jiten in the state cabinet.

“The matter has been discussed at the highest level of the party which will also consider the view of the party’s tribal front organisation, the Gana Mukti Parishad, before the final announcement is made,” a senior CPM leader said on the condition of anonymity.

He said there are many aspirants for the ministerial berth. Among them Pranab Debbarma, who has been winning the Simna (ST) Assembly seat since 1993, is being considered because of his seniority but there are others like indigenous MLAs Jashbir Tripura and Naresh Jamatya.

Vijay Laxmi Sinha’s name is also being considered because she is a representative of the Vishnupriya Manipuri community.

Sinha was a minister between 2003 and 2008 when she lost the Assembly polls, the CPM leader added.

The CPM state committee in its just-concluded meeting, has decided to increase the party’s divisional committees from the present 19 to 24.

In a new step to strengthen the organisational network, district committees will be formed to oversee and co-ordinate the functioning of the divisional committees.

Several steps will be taken to tone up the organisation before the panchayat elections, scheduled in July this year.