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CPI(M) renominates candidates for two LS seats

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BJP ally IPFT threatens to contest alone

CPI(M)-led left front renominated Shankar Prasad Datta and Jitendra Choudhury for two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura. Front leaders announced the decision at a press conference on March 12 and ushered hope to retaining both the seats.

Shankar Prasad Datta will contest West Tripura constituency and Jitendra Choudhury in East Tripura (Tribal Reserved) respectively. Lok Sabha poll in Tripura is slated in two phases April 11 and April 18.

Former CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar who was present at the press conference expressed confidence on the election commission and its steps to hold a free and fair poll in the state. “Our central and state leadership already met officials of the commission to complain about politically instigated violence and attacks against opposition ranks in Tripura”, he said.

He said people of the state are very much frustrated with the BJP-led coalition government and they would prefer CPI(M) candidates as a suitable alternative. In this context, he ruled out Congress and other regional parties as a challenge in the ensuing elections.

Meanwhile BJP ally IPFT has threatened to put up candidates in both constituencies if it was not allowed to contest in East Tripura (ST Reserved) constituency. IPFT spokesperson Mangal Debbarma said party’s central committee adopted a resolution to fight the poll alone if there is no seat sharing.

Meanwhile, BJP’s national secretary and northeast in-charge Ram Madhav is arriving here on March 13 to discuss with state leadership over party nominees. State BJP has a big list of prospective candidates.

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