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Monday , December 10 , 2012
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Royal scion quits Cong

Agartala, Dec. 9: In what will come as a blow to the Congress’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly election, royal scion Pradyot Bikram Kishore has resigned from the post of general secretary of Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee.

In a letter to the state Congress president Sudip Roy Barman last night, Bikram Kishore informed him of his decision to resign from the post. “My parents have been lifelong Congress loyalists and also served as MLAs, state ministers and MPs. I, too, shall remain a Congressman but I cannot remain an office-bearer in the present set-up. The treatment being meted out to me ever since I became general secretary is not what it should have been,” he said.

Bikram Kishore said he had already informed about everything in a letter to the Congress high command.

Former Congress MLA and PCC spokesperson Tapas De, who is close to the scion, said on many occasions, Bikram Kishore had felt hurt by the treatment meted out to him by the local leadership.

“The last straw was the abusive language used by former chief minister Samir Ranjan Barman, Sudip’s father against Kishore’s mother Rajmata Bibhu Kumari Debi in a meeting of office-bearers. How can he put up with such behaviour towards his mother?” asked De.

He also pointed out that Kishore’s resignation would politically hurt the Congress in the areas inhabited by indigenous people.

“His is fluent in the indigenous Kokborok language and delivers speeches in areas inhabited by indigenous people. It must be remembered that out of the 60 Assembly seats in Tripura, 20 are reserved for indigenous people and in at least 12 constituencies indigenous voters remain the deciding factors,” said De.

He pointed out that Kishore’s mother had been MLA and revenue minister twice and MP for two consecutive terms in 1989 and 1991 while his father late Kirit Bikram Kishore Manikya had been MP for two terms in 1967 and 1977. “He has a political background and is acceptable to people who are still loyal to the royal family. It is most unfortunate that he has had to resign only two months ahead of the Assembly election,” said De.