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BJP to announce candidates on Saturday


Agartala, January 24, 2018: BJP will announce name of candidates for poll bound three northeastern states at New Delhi on Saturday evening. Highly placed sources in the party said the delay in the matter is inevitable as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently in abroad and will return on Thursday. 

“The parliamentary board would extensive review merit and winnability of the aspirants mooted by state election committee. The lists would be declared after getting sanction from Prime Minister and BJP President Amit Shah”, said a leader.

BJP is contesting elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya in alliance with regional parties. The saffron party is trying to make a big gain in Tripura.

Bijan Dhar new LF Convenor


Agartala, January 24, 2018: CPI(M) Tripura state secretary Bijan Dhar has replaced Khagen Das who died on Sunday as Convenor of state left front committee. 

The decision on the selection was taken in meeting of senior leader of left front constituents – CPI(M), RSP, Forward Block and the CPI.

RSP leader Sudarshan Bhattacharjee announced the decision on selection of Bijan Dhar. 

Khagen Das who held the position for many years died of a massive cardiac arrest at Kolkata on Sunday wee hours. 

Nagaland CEO meets parties


Agartala, January 23, 2018: CEO Nagaland Abhijit Sinha held a meeting with all the Political Parties on Tuesday. CEO in the meeting informed all the party representatives that the Model Code of Conduct comes into conduct with immediate effect after the declaration of the election.

The meeting is being held in order to bring about the rules and direction of the Election Commission of India, he maintained. He apprised of the ECI’s norm which restricts the total expenditure of a candidate to Rs. 20 Lakhs per candidate.

There will be 22 Election Observer including an Observer along with video team for each A/C, he further informed. He also informed of the setting of monitoring CCTV cameras at various check post.

Sinha further informed that there is no bar for a party expenditure but the same has to be reported to the Election Commission. Intending candidates were also impressed upon that nominations have to be done in their respective Administrative HQ from 11 am to 3 pm. He further requested the representatives of all the party to check out the ECI’s website to obtain all necessary documents.

Additional CEO Moa Aier, in his address informed that 3 (three) flying squad for every assembly constituency will be deployed.

CPI(M) list out, Manik Sarkar in same constituency


Agartala, January 23, 2018: Chief Minister Manik Sarkar will be contesting from same Dhanpur constituency as CPI(M) led left front announced list of candidates for upcoming assembly election on Tuesday. CPI(M) alone will contest in 57 seats while left constituencies RSP, CPI and Forward Block got one seat each. 

CPI(M) has bought 10 new faces in fray including DYFI state unit President Amal Chakraborty, Krishna Majumder and Rajya Sabha MP Jharna Das Baidya.

Seven women aspirants have been nominated. 

Crisis over, American Centre reopens


Kolkata, January 23, 2018: The American Centre at Kolkata which covers eastern and northeastern states in India has reopened to public on Tuesday after a day of closure over President Trump’s earlier approach to downsize fund for federal offices abroad.

Deepa Datta, Media Manager of the American Centre in Kolkata informed that the U.S. Congress has passed and President Trump has signed legislation to fund U.S. government operations. 

As a result she said the American Center in Kolkata and the library are now open to the public as usual.  Besides U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, including Consular and American Citizen Services are also open under normal business hours. 

Poll: PM to campaign in NE


Agartala, January 22, 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would join campaign trail in assembly poll bound Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland in favour of the BJP candidates and that of its allies. Election in Tripura is slated for February 18 while February 27 is date for Nagaland and Meghalaya. 

Narendra Modi would travel to the states to ignite hectic campaign of BJP that is hoping to make a huge gain this time around. BJP Incharge in Tripura and party’s national executive member Sunil Deodhar informed that PM would visit Tripura twice to address three rallies altogether.

Prime Minister is currently in Davos to attend summit of World Economic Forum and his political engagements in northeast India would be announced after his return to the country.

BJP is striving to out seat CPI(M) led left front government in Tripura while it has extended support to the Democratic  Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) to retain power and working with the National People’s Party (NPP) of Konard K. Sangma to end Congress regime. 

Sunil Deodhar greets people on statehood day


Agartala, January 21, 2017: BJP’s national executive member and Tripura Incharge Sunil Deodhar greeted people on occasion of Purna Rajya Divas or statehood day. At same time he expressed sadness owing to alleged anti people policies and non governance of CPI(M) led left front government that has been in power for a long stretched period. 

Here is full text of statement of Sunil Deodhar:

My heartfelt greetings to the people of Tripura on this Purna Rajya Divas. Ironically, I couldn’t find one good reason to celebrate it. The state came into existence as an aftermath of 1971 war. However, condition of Tripura deteriorated after gaining full statehood. Even after 46 years of statehood more than 60% of the population still lives in poverty, many are homeless. Even their basic needs have not been catered to.

Off 46 years of the statehood, CPM ruled the state for 35 years. Tripura not only is endowed with heritage structures, pristine nature, natural resources and biodiversity but there is lot of talent in the people of Tripura which has been neglected or rather suppressed by the ruling parties of the past.

Of course, this soil has given India stars like SD Burman, R D Burman, Somdev Devvarman, Deepa Karmakar and Sourabhee Debbarma and the nation is proud of them.

I assure the people of Tripura that our state will get its glory back soon; and entire nation will witness it when the state will celebrate the golden jubilee of the statehood in 2022. The new journey will begin on March 3 2018 with the announcement of election results.

CPI(M) veteran Khagen Das dies, homage


Agartala, January 21, 2018: CPI(M) veteran and left front Chairman in Tripura, Khagen Das died at Kolkata on Sunday wee hours after suffering from massive cardiac arrest. He was 81 (born on September 4 1937). 

A former Minister of Tripura government, three time Member of Lok Sabha and Member of Rajya Sabha on two terms went to Kolkata to attend CPI(M) Central Committee meeting. He complained of a severe chest pain at 3.330am and was immediately taken a hospital where within minutes he breathed his last.

A statement issued by CMI(M) state committee said body of Khagen Das would arrive here in the afternoon and his mortal remains would be donated to Agartala Government Medical College and Hospital for medical research and education to respect last wishes of departed leader.  It also announced cancellation of all party programmes for Sunday and Monday as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

In Kolkata CPI(M) politburo members including party general secretary Sitaram Yechury, his predecessor Prakash Karat and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar paid homage to mortal remains of Das. Other leaders attending the Central Committee meeting also paid respect.

Das had entered electoral politics with winning a seat in assembly elections in 1979. He left behind wife and two daughters. 

BJP to expand alliance in Tripura


Agartala, January 20, 2018: BJP would not restrict its pre poll alliance only with IPFT, rather it would accommodate at least two other regional parties to prevent CPI(M) from gaining from multi corner contest. State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb said on Saturday that their door is open for other tribal based parties. 

He said they are in touch with INPT and a breakaway faction of IPFT called IPFT-Tipraha to get them into a wider alliance. Deb however did not spell out anything on NCT.

INPT, NCT and IPFT-Tipraha on Friday expressed utter dismay and resentment against the BJP for showing reluctance to work for a broad based alliance to take on CPI(M). They hastily reached out to Congress and Trinamool Congress to prepare a third front sort of coalition to contest against BJP and CPI(M) led fronts.

BJP earlier worked out an alliance with the IPFT with an intention to secure tribal seats. 20 in 60 member assembly is reserved for tribals who count 33 percent in Tripura.

It has been learnt that expansion of alliance would gain speed after arrival of BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and state poll in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma tomorrow. The leaders are also expected to announce first list of candidates during their stay. 

‘Kokborok Day’ celebrated


Agartala, January 19, 2018: Colourful rally, symposiums and road shows mark celebration of Kokborok Day in Tripura on Friday. The day is annually held on January 19 to commemorate recognition of principle tribal dialect of the state in 1979.

Tripura is home to 19 indigenous clans, but majority of tribes speak in Kokborok. Nevertheless all tribals of the state use the dialect for communication among themselves.