CPM to contest in Silchar and Barpeta

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  • Published 8.02.04

Feb. 7: The CPM will contest from two constituencies — Silchar and Barpeta — in Assam in the Lok Sabha election and support only secular party candidates, including those from the Congress, in the other 12 seats of the state.

Former MP and the CPM’s central committee member Nurul Huda yesterday told newspersons in Silchar that he would be the party’s candidate for the Silchar seat, while Monoranjan Talukdar has been nominated for Barpeta. Talukdar is a member of the party’s 10-member secretariat in Assam.

The CPM’s politburo and the central committee met in a joint conclave in Hyderabad recently and endorsed the nominations. Huda, an engineer-turned-politician, ruled out any poll alliance between the CPM and the Congress. However, the party will support Congress candidates to keep the BJP at bay, he added.

Endorsing his views, senior CPM leaders today said in Guwahati a platform should be created among like-minded secular parties to check division of votes.

Addressing the four-day all-India special conference of the Students Federation of India (SFI) in Guwahati, senior CPM leader and politburo member Sitaram Yechury said: “We are making efforts to avoid splitting of votes between the Congress-led secular parties and the Left Front-led secular parties.” He, however, refrained from elaborating about the platform.

“This is an opportunity to throw out the BJP-led government that has been rocked by scandals much more than the Congress rule of four decades. The present government has bred hatred and created a fear psychosis in the minds of the minorities,” he said.

The SFI is holding its all-India conference for the first time at the Sonaram High School playground in Guwahati.

Yechury criticised the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government feel-good factor, saying the maximum number of hunger deaths, suicides among farmers have been witnessed in the past five years of the BJP rule. He said the BJP’s dream of retaining power is a mirage as many NDA partners have left the alliance.

Speaking at the function, Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar said the NDA government has been ruled from outside by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the RSS.

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The tribal-based Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) is on the way to joining hands with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). A five-member INPT delegation led by senior party leader Narendra Chandra Debbarma held discussions with Trinamul Congress chief and union coal minister Mamata Banerjee and her general secretary Mukul Roy in Calcutta this morning, says our special correspondent in Agartala.