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Tripura: Congress & INPT forge alliance ahead of LS election, AICC signs MoU with party

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    Agartala | March 24, 2019

    In what may be termed as an important political development in Tripura ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha Elections, the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) headed by Royal scion Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma has forged an alliance with Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), the oldest existing tribal regional party of Tripura.

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    It may be mentioned that earlier this month, INPT supremo and rebel turned politician Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl said they were in alliance talks with the Congress for quite some time but the grand old party offered some unacceptable conditions, due to which they would contest separately.

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    TPCC President Pradyot Manikya confirming the same on his social media platform said, ” Glad to announce an honourable alliance with our traditional alliance partner INPT . An MOU has been signed between the AICC and INPT that assures that Congress will scrap CAB, restore Forest Bill , Direct Funding to ADC areas, Kok Borok in Roman script and proper implementation of the TNV/ATTF accord . Both BK Hrangkhawl and Jagadish Debbarma have now decided to support us instead of contesting in the seats.I am glad that my personal relationship and warmth with the leaders from INPT ensured a smooth discussion”.

    It will be interesting to witness the Congress-INPT alliance combat against the ruling BJP-IPFT alliance who have each decided to contest elections with their own candidates.

    Tripura CM Biplab Deb says BJP will do “Exceptionally well in Northeast & West Bengal in LS election”

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      AGARTALA | March 23, 2019

      Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday said the saffron party will do exceptionally well in the Northeast and West Bengal in the coming Lok Sabha election.

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      As per a Times of India report while Reacting on the candidate list of BJP in various states, Biplab said the party’s top leaders held a series of discussions on the proposals of the respective state committees and consulted reports of various agencies regarding the choice of candidates.

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      “The selection of candidates is excellent and we are confident of winning more seats than the last elections. In Tripura, BJP has fielded two dynamic freshers against the tested opponents of CPM and Congress. So, there is no doubt of their winnablity. We are trying to maximize the wining margin,” Deb told TOI.

      He said BJP state general secretary party Pratima Bhowmik has been fielded in West Tripura against sitting MP from CPM Shankar Prasad Datta. Biplab added that whatever little support the Leftists had in the state hads eroded due to pro-people policies of the BJP-IPFT government.

      Biplab said BJP has fielded Rabati Tripura, an educated, young and dynamic leader of the party, from the East Tripura tribal reserved seat. “People of Tripura are fed up with the old faces of politicians. Now, people want committed and dedicated contestants. In the last assembly elections in Tripura, people voted us to power because most of our candidates are young,” he added.

      The CM said BJP has changed the notion of politics across the country. “In Congress, only money and influential background is the criteria for getting tickets in the election or becoming a minister. In CPM, unless a leader walked behind the top leaders for at least 20 years with some peculiar characteristics and ideas, there is no chance to contest election or being chosen as a minister or MP,” he added.

      He further said, “The country need to harness the potential of young and innovative minds. The youngsters are thinking of entrepreneurship because of Modi’s policies.” Biplab added that BJP will be voted to power again because people of the country realized that India is secure under Modi and the economy will remain stable in the country.

      The CM said victory of BJP in the next election is certain because people of the country have got an opportunity to evaluate the performance of the governments since 1947. “There was not a single case of corruption in five years of Modi’s rule and one year of the BJP-IPFT government in Tripura. There were plenty of development initiatives for a crosssection of people,” he added.

      With TOI Inputs

      Tripura: 2 men from Khowai district return after 15-year jail term in Bangladesh

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        IANS | Agartala | March 23, 2019

        Two Indian men returned to their homes in Tripura after spending 15 years in Bangladesh jail on charges pertaining to the Arms Act, the police said on Saturday.

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        “The BGB (the Border Guard Bangladesh) handed over the two Tripura men — Prasenjit Debbarma, 42, and Satish Debbarma, 40, — to the BSF (the Border Security Force) on Friday,” a police official said.

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        Later, the BSF handed them over to police and they were sent back to their homes after questioning, he said.

        Prasenjit and Satish, residents of western Tripura’s Khowai district, said they went to visit Rema tea garden, situated along the International border between India and Bangladesh in Tripura in 2004. But they unknowingly entered the Bangladesh territory as there was no border fence or demarcation marks.

        “The BGB men apprehended us and handed over to the Bangladesh Police. They slapped false charges on us, instead of pushing us back to India,” one of the men said.

        Later, a Bangladesh court sentenced us to 14-year rigorous imprisonment. Though our jail-term completed a year ago, the authorities did not hand us to the Indian authorities, they said.

        They thanked the Indian High Commission in Dhaka for intervening and making their return possible.

        Tripura Congress to field Pragya Deb Burman as LS candidate from East constituency

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          Agartala | March 22, 2019

          The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) on Friday confirmed that it would be fielding Pragya Deb Burman as its Lok Sabha candidate from Tripura East constituency.

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          The same was confirmed by TPCC VP Tapas Dey to the reporter this evening.

          P Deb Burman could not be reached for comments until the filing of this report. It may be mentioned that she has been a consultant with the Indian National trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). She is also an environmentalist and animal activist as well as the elder sister of Tripura Royal Scion Pradyot Manikya Debbarma who is also the TPCC President.

          Tripura Congress demands unconditional public apology from CM Biplab Deb, warns of massive movement

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            Agartala | March 22, 2019

            The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded that the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb should publicly apologise to the party as well as to former BJP state vice president Subal Bhowmik who recently defected to the Congress party for publicly defaming them without any basis or proof.

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            TPCC in a letter to the press stated, ” We have found through media reports that BJP’s Tripura Pradesh President and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb used objectionable words like ‘broker’, ‘sly fox’ and ‘thief’ while speaking about the Congress party and return of former BJP Tripura vice president Subal Bhowmik to Congress”.

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            “The Tripura Pradesh Congress has vehemently condemned the unparliamentary usage of words from the honourable Chief Minister, which is most unbecoming of a leader of his stature. We challenge him to prove in pen and paper any of his allegations or offer an unconditional public apology to the Congress party and Mr. Subal Bhowmik”, TPCC added.

            The press statement also stated that defections are a common practice in politics and anyone who wishes to legally join any political party and work according to its Constitution, believing in its ideology, are welcome to do so.

            The CM was also quoted in the media to have said that Congress and CPI (M) was involved in nexus and ‘befooled’ people of Tripura. He also said that Congress did its duties as opposition political party for namesake.

            To the above statement by the CM, the TPCC said, “We would like to remind the honourable Chief Minister that Congress has raised genuine issues of public interest and opposed CPI (M) during its long tenure of tyranny and oppression and lost hundreds of dedicated Congress-men at the hands of Communist goons, much before his party gained any footing in Tripura’s political landscape. We would like to remind Mr. Deb that Congress was the only political party to have opposed CPI (M) in and out of the Assembly for a very long time and did its duties in the opposition with diligence, honesty and integrity”.

            The TPCC also stated that they found the honourable Chief Minister uncourteous, unparliamentary and ignorant of the decorum of dignified speech.

            Tripura Congress also warned that it would take the CM’s real face in the public domain and build a massive movement in near future if the CM failed to apologise.

            IPFT LS candidate Shukla Charan Noatia files nomination papers from West Tripura seat

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              Agartala | March 22, 2019

              Tripura’s IPFT candidate for West Tripura parliamentary constituency Shukla Charan Noatia filed his nomination papers to Returning Officer (RO) Dr. Sandeep Mahatme today.

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              Party president NC Debbarma and party general secretary Mever Kumar Jamatia walked with thousands of party leaders and supporters through the road en-route to submit nomination of the party candidate.

              IPFT candidate filed nomination papers hour after submission of nomination paper by BJP candidate Pratima Bhowmik.

              It may be mentioned that BJP Leader Ram Madhav is set to arrive in the state on March 24. It is speculated that he would be making yet another attempt to convince IPFT to not field candidate from the West Tripura parliamentary constituency while trying to mend the rift between allies.

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