Less than a month after it suffered the worst ever defeat in the hands of the ruling Left Front,the opposition Congress party in Tripura has been now hit by a split with former MLA and senior leader Subal Bhowmik announcing formation of the Tripura Progressive Grameen Congress.
Bhowmik said in Agartala that the new party was the outcome of the Congresss failure in protecting the lives and property of its own members and supporters in the wake of post-election violence.
The state Congress leaders have miserably failed to protect its own members and supporters. The situation has been such that senior Congress leaders kept their mobile phones switched off as hundreds of members and supporters at the grassroots level became victims of the post-election violence, Bhowmik said.
A number of disgruntled Congress leaders and workers have joined his new party,he claimed. Bhowmik himself had lost to the CPM candidate in Sonamura LAC.
Bhowmik also complained that the Left Front had manipulated electronic voting machines to ensure their victory. But while the Left Front manipulated EVMs,the top Pradesh Congress leaders are also to be equally blamed for paving way for the Left Fronts repeated victory, he said.
As senior PCC leaders preferred to remain silent on Bhowmiks resignation and allegations,PCC general secretary Pradyot Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur has urged party workers to remain united for the upcoming autonomous district council polls. Leaving the party can never be a solution to any crisis, he said.
Discontent had reached such a pass in the Tripura PCC that Assam CM Tarun Gogoi and two AICC leaders had to be cordoned out of Congress Bhavan in Agartala on March 2 as angry party workers vented their ire before them.