The Polit Bureau and the central committee meetings in Agartala would take stock of current political situation in the country in view of election outcome in five states and assess party’s stance in ensuing Lok Sabha elections. CPI(M) Tripura state secretary Bijan Dhar said preparations are in final stage for the maiden meetings in the State.

Opening of the central committee meeting would get underway on afternoon of December 13 at end of half day meeting of the politburo. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Nirupam Sen are not attending on health ground while Sitaram Yechuri would not make not make it in the politburo meeting for his visit in South African to pay homage to Nelson Mandela.

“There are several issues to be discussed in the meetings. As a central committee member I can say topics relating to recent state election results and upcoming Lok Sabha poll are to be discussed”, Mr. Dhar said on Wednesday.

He informed the four sessions central committee meeting would come to end before the public rally slated for 1PM on December 15 at the newly inaugurated Swami Vivekananda Stadium. “We expect one lakh people would attend the rally to be addressed by senior leaders”, he added.

He rubbished allegations of the Tripura Gramin Pragatishil Congress over misuse of government fund and machinery for the first ever politburo and central committee meetings in Agartala. Subal Bhowmik, former MLA, who floated new party after breaking away from Congress, claimed the state government is spending Rs50 crore for construction, renovation, purchase and beautification work in Agartala.

“The entire Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel has been completely renovated and luxurious chairs, and fixtures bought at cost of government exchequer”, Mr Bhowmik lashed out at the CPI(M).

There are some arrangements, but the claim of spending Rs 50 crores is absurd, Bijan Dhar contended. “If there was a similar meeting of AICC with Congress government in power in the state, they would have chartered flights to transport delegates”, he opined.

On attendance he informed 12 of 15 politburo members and 77 of 93 central committee members including permanent invitees are attending the three day meet. He said state committee and divisional committees of ruling CPI(M) are shouldering expenses with support of voluntary donations by party supporters to extend hospitality and incidentals for the apex meetings.