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CPI(M) attributes win to Left Front record

Special Correspondent

“The economic policies of the Congress-led government at the Centre have been rejected by the people of Tripura”

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday attributed the victory of the party and the Left Front in the Tripura Assembly elections to the record of the Left Front government and support of all sections of the people.

“The people have rejected the opportunist alliance of the Congress with the extremist INPT. The Central Committee is confident that the new Left Front government will continue the work of developing the State and raising the living standards of the people,” the CPI(M) central committee which is meeting here said in a statement.

The central committee said the people in Tripura have delivered more than 80 per cent of the seats to the CPI(M) and the Left Front who have won 49 out of the 60 seats in the Assembly compared to 41 in the last Assembly.

“The stage has been set for the sixth Left Front government in the State,” the central committee said.

The CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said with this victory, the Left Front has achieved a hat-trick of wins in three states — Tripura, West Bengal and Kerala. “The economic policies being followed by the Congress-led government at the Centre has been rejected by the people of Tripura,” he said.

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said: “Where we are in power, anti-incumbency does not work. In fact what works is pro-incumbency and that is it. And this is precisely the message people are continuously giving.”

CPI national secretary and MP D. Raja said the Left Front government would take Tripura on the path of rapid development and further progress. “This impressive victory is for the entire Left Front which will do its best to come up to the expectations of the people and the faith which they have reposed in us,” Mr. Raja said.


The three-day CPI(M) central committee meeting will discuss, analyse and assess the party’s organisational strengths and weaknesses and finalise the draft political-organisational report. The report will be adopted by the party’s Congress slated to meet this month-end in Coimbatore.

The meeting is being attended, among others, by Mr. Karat and his senior colleagues, including Mr. Yechury, M.K. Pandhe, Brinda Karat and S.R. Pillai.

The CPI(M), in its previous congress in Delhi, had decided to develop its independent strength and expand its political base in new areas and among various sections, such as Dalits, tribals, minorities, women and other downtrodden sections more vigorously.

The activities carried out to focus on the problems of these sections came up for review at the meeting, party sources said.

The party also reviewed its efforts towards greater coordination with other Left parties in the wake of differences, particularly in West Bengal.

Common platform

Suggesting a possible realignment of forces at the national level, the meeting is also likely to discuss the possibility of formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative on a common policy platform by initiating united struggles on common issues.

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