Updated: August 21, 2021 10:27:43 pm
Tripura Congress chief Pijush Kanti Biswas Saturday announced that he was quitting politics while blaming a lack of support from state unit leaders, only to walk back his decision within hours after Congress state in-charge Ajoy Kumar stepped in.
A statement issued by Kumar in New Delhi on Saturday evening said he would meet Biswas, the acting president, on August 29 and address his concerns.
“Tripura Pradesh Congress president Pijush Kanti Biswas has withdrawn his resignation after getting assurance from new Tripura-in charge Dr. Ajoy Kumar. Dr. Kumar has spoke(n) to Shri Biswas and assured him that he would look into all the issues and they would be solved in (an) amicable manner,” the statement said.
The resignation of Biswas came after the recent defections of several Tripura Congress leaders to the Trinamool Congress. He had said earlier in the day that the party’s top leadership had supported him completely. “I didn’t get expected support and cooperation from here, in Tripura. Unity and cooperation is essential to strengthen Congress. I didn’t want to be blamed for not being able to produce proper results for lack of cooperation. So I have resigned,” he had said.
Biswas also claimed a section of Congress leaders at Agartala tried to disrupt his political endeavours and declined to cooperate with him.
Later in the day, Biswas told The Indian Express: “The in-charge for Tripura spoke with me and assured he would meet me and sort out all the issues I am facing here. If he solves these issues, I don’t have any problem.”
Biswas said: “I offered to resign from the post of PCC president. I didn’t leave the Congress party. So, I withdrew my letter.” He had earlier tweeted: “With sincere gratitude I thank all Congress Leaders, supporters for your cooperation during my tenure as TPCC President ( acting). Today I have resigned from the post of President and retired from politics as well. My sincere gratitude towards Hon’ble CP Smt. Sonia Gandhiji.”
Biswas, a senior advocate at Tripura High Court, was named acting president of the Congress party in Tripura in December 2019 after Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma resigned over differences with the party leadership. Debbarma went on to form the Tripura Indigenous Peoples Regional Alliance (TIPRA).
Recently, a number of Congress leaders including former minister Prakash Das, former MLA Subal Bhowmik, state youth congress working president Santanu Saha and others joined Trinamool Congress.
While Biswas was not said to be in touch with the Mamata Banerjee-led party, he did serve as the lawyer for the 23-member Prashant Kishor-led Indian Political Action Committee team that was booked by the Tripura Police during a survey on political perception in the state. The team, booked for allegedly violating Covid-19 guidelines, was granted bail from a local court with Biswas as their counsel.
The Congress party secured 1.79 percent vote share in the 2018 assembly elections, which saw BJP rise to power, decimating 25 years of continuous Left Front rule. The party’s vote share dramatically reduced from 36.53 percent, a large share of which joined BJP before 2018.
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