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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Strange Bedfellows

By The Editor

Politics is indeed a queer game when each party in democratic set-up tries its best to get as many seats as possible, be it parliamentary or state assembly or district council, so that it will be able to attain majority and thus form government. If parties feel that they cannot on their own achieve target them they will not mind at all in forming allies with other like-minded parties so that together they will be able to succeed. That there are no permanent friends nor permanent foes either is a hard fact; yesterday’s friends become today’s foes and vice versa and public need not wonder at all as such situations have become normal at various levels, be it at the Centre or State or District. However, in such circumstances different political parties forming government generally have mutual understanding leading to Common Minimum Programme (CMP) so that the bond will keep them united for stable government until expiry of the mandated period of five years or earlier in case of conflict among coalition partners.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has been ruling State of Tripura for many years with Indian National Congress (INC) in Opposition except for brief period 1988-93 when the position was reverse until Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) came into power in 2018 state general elections for five-year period. Next general assembly elections will be held on February 16 and counting of votes will take place on March 2. This time, CPI (M) and INC have agreed to fight together against ruling BJP and held their first meeting on January 19 regarding seat sharing between the two parties though no final decision was taken yet. CPI (M) state secretary Jitendra Chondhury and Congress Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Sudip Roy Barman voiced concern over growing pre-poll violence in the state intimidating people not to vote for other parties and so approached authorities to ensure that voters can exercise their democratic rights without fear or co-ercion. Meanwhile, Congress had complained that bike rally by its cadres and supporters in Majlishpur Assembly constituency in West Tripura district on January 18 was attacked by BJP- backed goons and immediately Election Commission (EC) ordered an inquiry. Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gitte Kirankumar Dinakarrao has assured for peaceful and incident-free elections.

Tipra Motha’s supremo Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma has welcomed the CPI (M)- Congress initiative to defeat BJP. Leaders of the new alliance appealed to Tipra Motha (TM) chief to join hands with democratic and secular forces so that they will be able to usher in secular government once again where people of different castes and creeds can live in peace and communal harmony. Choudhury told Debbarma that CPI (M) is ready to give maximum autonomy to his demands within constitutional framework for upliftment of indigenous people of the state and at the same time not in favour for bifurcation of the state.

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