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Tripura CM skips Modi swearing-in

Agartala, May 25: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar is not going to New Delhi tomorrow to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

An official press note issued by the information department yesterday said because of heavy pre-scheduled programmes, the chief minister would not be able to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

The state government will be represented by PWD minister Badal Chowdhury who will leave for New Delhi tomorrow morning.

The CPM party has not officially made any comment on the NDA government’s swearing-in ceremony tomorrow but after the Lok Sabha poll results were out, the state CPM party organ, Daily Desher Katha, had an article attributing the NDA victory to “massive erosion” in the Congress’s support base which, had benefited the BJP and the NDA.

The advent of the Modi-led NDA in power in the Centre has started politically impacting Tripura as the regional INPT has already made it clear that they would now support the BJP. Though no official announcement has so far been made, INPT leaders have indicated that they would prefer an alliance with the BJP in Tripura. “As a regional force we have to have alliance with a national party to elicit our demands in the interest of the tribals since the Congress has been near totally decimated in the Lok Sabha polls and the BJP-led NDA will be ruling the country for five years,” said senior INPT leader Benoy Debbarma.

He also hinted that the INPT was frustrated with the Congress’s policies and approach to organisational work, especially the party’s dilly-dallying over the vital demands of the indigenous community.

“We had a tough time convincing the state Congress leadership about the urgent need for having the Sixth Schedule,” said Debbarma.