With election to 20 civic bodies in Tripura, including Agartala Municipal Corporation, slated for December 9, the state BJP has asked Congress to abstain from the contest if it really wants to oust the Left Front from power.
“The Congress should make its position clear on whether it wants to really oust the Left Front in Tripura or wants to help it by splitting the BJP votes,” state BJP president Sudhindra Dasgupta said in Agartala on Sunday.
“If it (Congress) really wants to oust the Left Front, it should not contest at all,” he added.
Dasgupta said he suspected the Congress was secretly in league with the Left Front in order to keep the BJP out. “This has become evident from the fact that CPM has expressed its worry over the diminishing strength of the Congress. What does that mean? It clearly means that the Congress has to help the Left Front win by splitting the BJP votes,” Dasgupta told The Indian Express over the telephone.