Six Tripura MLAs have written to Assembly Speaker Ramendra K Nath announcing their decision to disassociate from the Congress party and join the Trinamool Congress.
The six MLAs are: Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Kumar Saha, Dilip Sarkar, Paranjit Singha Roy, Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl and Biswa Bandhu Sen. With this move, the Trinamool is now the prime Opposition for the Manik Sarkar-led Left Front government in Tripura.
In their letter to the Speaker, the MLAs said they were conforming with the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution and have decided to dissociate from the Congress and join the TMC with immediate effect.
Letter handed over by 6 Tripura MLAs to the Assembly Speaker Ramendra Kumar Nath pic.twitter.com/6ik9XwFd8Q
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The Sarkar government is comfortably placed with 50 seats in the 60-member Assembly. The Congress, with 10 seats, was the prime Opposition party but has now been reduced to four. The Tripura Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 2018.