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INPT snaps Cong ties

Agartala, July 31: The Indigenous National Party of Tripura (INPT) has decided to part ways with its long-standing political ally, the Congress.

The INPT leadership had been expressing their disappointment over lack of organisational work and leadership crisis in the Congress and an absence of any plan for development of Tripura’s indigenous community.

The leadership’s frustration grew as the Congress performed disastrously in the Lok Sabha elections in April-May this year and in the recent three-tier panchayat polls on July 15.

After a meeting of the INPT’s central committee, party general secretary Jagadish Debbarma announced yesterday that the party had decided to sever its long-standing electoral alliance with the Congress. “We have a lot of differences over many important issues, including empowerment of ADC, joint movement and others but the Congress leadership at the state and central levels have done nothing to address the issues we raised. Hence, we are parting ways,” Debbarma said.

Though he said the INPT would go it alone for the time being, sources said the party was exploring ways of forging an understanding with the BJP.

The INPT’s decision to snap the alliance has caused a flutter at a time when the beleaguered Congress is finding it difficult to keep itself afloat.

The party’s disastrous performance in successive elections has also emerged as a major issue. In the Assembly elections held last year, the Congress could secure only 10 of altogether 60 seats.

In the Lok Sabha elections held in April-May this year, the Congress had lost both the seats by more than 4 lakh votes.