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Jitendra Chowdhury new Tripura CPI-M chief

Chowdhury, a senior CPI-M leader, was elected to the post at the party's 23rd state conference that concluded on Saturday.

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Agartala: Former Tripura Minister Jitendra Chowdhury has been elected CPI-M state secretary for the next three years, the party said in a statement on Sunday.

Chowdhury, a senior CPI-M leader, was elected to the post at the party’s 23rd state conference that concluded on Saturday. The conference also reconstituted the state committee with 70 members including former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

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The state conference began with a mega rally three days ago with CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechuri, politburo member Prakash Karat and Sarkar calling upon the cadres to resist the atrocities of the state’s ruling BJP. The CPI-M leaders said hundreds of party leaders and policymakers from all 60 assembly constituencies have joined the conference and reviewed the present political situation of Tripura.

The conference formulated the strategy to take on the BJP in the assembly elections slated to be held next year. Sources indicated the party was gearing up for an alliance with Congress in the upcoming elections to unseat the BJP from power.

The strategy was also reportedly discussed at the conference. The leaders have also stressed the need for forming a broad-based secular platform to win people’s support in the next assembly poll.

The event bears importance in the sense that this was the first state-level conference of the party in Tripura after BJP came into power in 2018 by ending the 25-year reign of the CPI-M led Left Front. Since the last assembly polls, the CPI-M has suffered humiliating defeats in all subsequent elections, the latest being the urban body polls.

The speakers at the conference laid emphasis on organising the masses and mobilising public opinion against the BJP-led government’s ‘misrule’.,said Chowdhury, adding “The primary task for us is to isolate BJP which is running the government to implement the agenda of the fascistic RSS to destroy the secular democratic character of the Constitution of India.” Chowdhury urged CPI-M cadres to come out of the “fear psychosis” resulting from the violence unleashed by BJP-backed “miscreants”.

The BJP leaders including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “misled” the people of Tripura in the last Assembly election and came to power through “cheating”. None of the poll promises have been fulfilled so far and thousands of jobless youths have been forced to get involved in “delinquent activities” just to remain in power, he alleged.

“There is corruption running into crores of rupees in the education department, health, PWD, forest, power and rural development department under the Biplab Kumar Deb government but the government has failed to give any convincing explanation. Law and order situation of the state has been reduced to zero – police have become puppets.

“Thousands of opposition workers have been forced to stay away from home, 24 CPI-M supporters were killed and 40 journalists were assaulted by BJP goons. But no actionhas been taken,” he pointed out. 

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