Tripura parties stick to alliance politics

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  • Published 21.12.12

Agartala, Dec. 20: Politics of alliances among various parties is gaining momentum in poll-bound Tripura.

The state unit of the Congress, which is yet to sort out the contentious nomination issue, still remains stuck in endless negotiations.

A discussion over the issue between Tripura PCC president Sudip Roy Barman, state election committee chairman Birajit Sinha, Assam chief minister and chairman of the screening committee Tarun Gogoi, and INPT leaders Bijay Kumar Hrangkhawal and Jagadish Debbarma, ended inconclusively last night.

Hrangkhawal walked out of the meeting protesting against Barman’s offer of only eight of the 14 seats demanded. Gogoi intervened to stop Hrangkhawal but he said that the INPT would not compromise on its “honour”.

A source privy to the proceedings in the meeting said the INPT had remained stuck to its demand for 14 of the 20 tribal reserved seats while the Congress was not ready to concede more than eight. “A team comprising Gogoi, Hrangk-hawal and royal scion Pradyot Bikram Manikya will meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday morning at her residence in New Delhi to apprise her of the situation and obtain her directive on the issue,” a source said.

The INPT leaders had also indicated that they would go by Sonia’s decision on the issue of alliance. A source in the Congress said the need for an alliance with regional INPT arose mainly because of the party’s still strong presence in 20 seats reserved for indigenous voters.

The indigenous people had also been a deciding factor in at least 20 other Assembly seats. “Organisationally, we are not yet in a position to fight all the seats dominated by indigenous voters where the Marxists have formidable organisations. Hence the need for an alliance,” a source said.

The state unit of the Trinamul Congress has earned the wrath of its central body in West Bengal by deciding not to put up party candidates in constituencies where the Congress has a reasonable chance of winning.

State Trinamul president Manik Deb, who was called to Calcutta last week, is yet to meet the party’s all-India general secretary Mukul Roy. A source in Trinamul here said that the central leadership was upset over the state Trinamul’s decision not to put up candidates against Congress candidates with reasonable chances of winning seats.

Sources hoped that a concrete decision would be arrived at very soon.