Suspended Congress Leader May Join TMC in Tripura

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Agartala: Former Leader of the Opposition in the Tripura Assembly, Sudip Roy Burman, who was suspended by the Congress, is likely to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with his followers.

“I have met TMC general secretary Mukul Roy in Kolkata to discuss the political situation in Tripura. Everything would be finalized after the West Bengal poll results are out,” Burman told PTI over phone from Kolkata.

Burman and 14 others were suspended by the AICC for “publicly maligning” the image of the Congress and “anti-party” activity last Saturday. The former Leader of Opposition, former Youth Congress president Sushanta Chowdhury and MLA (Congress) Asish Saha are now camping in Kolkata since yesterday.

Meanwhile, two district presidents of the opposition Congress in Tripura have resigned from their posts in protest against their party’s decision to tie up with the Left Front in the West Bengal Assembly polls.

Congress West Tripura district president Balai Goswami and South Tripura district President Amal Mallik, also a former MLA, yesterday said they wanted to strengthen anti-Left movement in the state, which was not “possible” by the Congress as it tied up with the CPI-M.

Burman had resigned from the post of the Leader of the Opposition on April 7 and on the same day in a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi he had said, “I am extremely shocked and depressed to find that there has been a dramatic and drastic change in our party’s policy.”

“……In spite of your understanding of the CPI-M’s unpredictable character, its treacherous role in the past, anti-national thinking and activities and immense barbaric atrocities upon Congressmen in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, you have given a nod to this so-called alliance/seat adjustment/tactical understanding,” he had written.

In the 60-member House, opposition Congress has 10 seats and the rest belongs to the Left Front.

PTI

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