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New Left government in Tripura to assume office on Wednesday

Syed Sajjad Ali
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Left Front supporters taking out a rally at Kanchanpur, 172 km away from Agartala, to celebrate victory in the Assembly elections in Tripura.PTI Photo
Left Front supporters taking out a rally at Kanchanpur, 172 km away from Agartala, to celebrate victory in the Assembly elections in Tripura.PTI Photo

A new Left Front (LF) government, headed by Manik Sarkar, will assume office in Tripura on March 6. Governor D.Y. Patil will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the elected members.

LF convener Khagen Das said the decision was taken at a meeting of LF constituents comprising the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and the Forward Bloc.

The CPI(M) won 49 seats to establish a landslide over the Congress, which bagged just 10 seats in the 60-member Assembly. The RSP and the Forward Bloc, and two tribal parties that forged a poll alliance with the Congress drew a blank.

The CPI contested in two seats and won one. The party would get a ministerial berth in the seventh LF government. Left leaders indicated that the new ministry would accommodate a few new faces.

The LF announced it would organise a victory rally on March 7, but appealed to supporters to restrain from celebrations that could disturb higher secondary and secondary examinations, slated to begin on March 4.

The State secretariat of the CPI(M) also met on Friday morning to discuss the political situation. Party sources said general secretary Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau members Brinda Karat and Sitaram Yechury, and senior leaders from West Bengal are likely to attend the oath-taking ceremony and the victory rally.

Congress spokesperson Dr. Ashok Sinha alleged that CPI(M) cadres attacked and threatened party supporters in Kailasahar in north Tripura and other places.

The LF has appealed to people to maintain calm.

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