Tripura: Too many rival claimants put AICC in ‘tight spot’ over appointment of new TPCC Prez


AGARTALA | Nov 6, 2019:

At a time when the Tripura Pradesh Congress committee (TPCC) requires a new president following the resignation of Pradyot Kishore Debbarma last month, the AICC has given ample indications that for the time being there will be no new State party chief.

The ad hoc committee constituted by the party AICC will have to make do with its present composition though three new faces, former MLA and Minister Prakash Das, former speaker Jyotirmay Nath and former INPT MLA Rajeshwar Debbrma have been included in the ad hoc committee to further strengthen it as well as to make it more representative.

Till the appointment of a new president, the ad hoc committee will manage the organizational work of the PCC till the ADC polls. This announcement was made by AICC secretary Bhupen Bora in an interaction with the media yesterday.

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Sources in the Congress said that there are rival claimants to the post of PCC president including Birajit Sinha, Gopal Roy, Pijush Biswas, Baptu Chakraborty, Laxmi Nag and a host of others. Because of the multiplicity of candidates, the AICC has postponed the appointment of a new PCC president.

"But, nevertheless, the AICC is serious about fighting the upcoming ADC elections seriously to put up a strong challenge to the BJP," party sources informed.

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Informal discussions have already commenced with the regional INPT for a possible electoral alliance on the basis of sharing of seats.

An indication of the AICC's keen interest in strengthening Congress in Tripura is "the deputizing of senior leaders such has Jayram Ramesh and Mukul Wasnik to Tripura to take appraisal of the situation here."