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Wednesday , October 31 , 2012
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CPM to field new faces

- Left mulls pruning list, twin blows for Opposition

Agartala, Oct. 30: The CPM has decided to induct fresh blood with an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections.

Though it was known that the leadership of Tripura unit of the CPM had been mulling major changes in the list of nominations to drop “old and ailing” MLAs, it was for the first time that party secretary and central committee member Bijan Dhar said this morning that bringing in fresh blood for the polls is “unavoidable” to introduce a new sense of purpose in the party’s policies and ideology.

Dhar said this to party leaders and cadres at a conclave in Belonia under South Tripura district.

He was speaking at a programme to commemorate the birth centenary of party stalwart P. Sundarayya but chose the occasion to transmit crucial political messages to partymen.

“Many of our leaders in Tripura have immensely contributed to the development and growth of the party, but with passage of time they have aged and are ailing. It is time to induct new blood and dynamic elements to take their places,” Dhar said.

He added that in the coming days, the party leadership would lay more stress on political and ideological training of the cadres to ensure their emergence as acceptable political workers attached to the grassroots.

Sources in the CPM interpreted Dhar’s speech as a signal for pruning the list of nominations for the polls.

“We have already taken a decision to bring in new faces in as many as seven Assembly constituencies to replace old and ailing leaders with approval of the party’s central committee. Re-demarcation of constituencies through delimitation has also made it essential to bring in new faces,” a source said.

Hinting at possible changes, a senior leader of the CPM and member of the party’s state secretariat said that incumbent MLA of Panisagar constituency, Subodh Das, and sitting MLA of Pabiacherra, Bidhubhusan Mala-kar, would be dropped because of their age and ill health.

There is also a controversy over re-nomination of sitting MLA from Sabroom, Rita Kar Mazumder, who has landed herself in trouble in a land-grabbing case.

“I cannot say at this stage whether Rita will be dropped but other changes are inevitable. At least three of them will be dropped in Assembly constituencies reserved for indigenous people,” a senior leader said. He added that the Left Front’s list of nominations would be announced after poll notification by the Election Commission.