CPI(M) will hold its next central committee meeting in Agartala - capital of lone left ruled state in India. The decision was taken at the meeting of the central committee at New Delhi that ended on Sunday.

Senior state leaders of CPI(M) have on Monday confirmed that the party would convene meeting of the central committee for the first time in Agartala.

“The next meeting is slated for December next and we are expecting it first week of the month”, a leader said.

The decision assumes much significance as the Central Committee meeting is to take place in Tripura, 49 years after the party was formed. CPI(M) led left front has been in power in this North Eastern state since 1978, except a break between 1988 and 1993.

Even after rout in West Bengal and Kerala, CPI(M) maintained its victory trail in all elections including February 14 assembly elections in Tripura. Congress and its tribal ally - Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) faced humiliating defeat in recent polls.

At present six members represent Tripura in the central committee. They include CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhgar, tribal welfare minister Aghore Debbarma, PWD minister Badal Choudhury, two MPs Bajuban Reang and Khagen Das and woman leader Roma Das.

Sources said Agartala could also be venue of a meeting of CPI(M) politburo this year. No meeting of the apex body was ever held in the state.