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Six Congress MLAs join Trinamool Congress in Tripura

The six MLAs led by Sudip Roy Burman are upset over the party aligning with the Left in the recently concluded West Bengal assembly elections

Four rebel Congress MLAs after submitting a letter to speaker Ramendra Chandra Nath signed by six MLAs on their dissociation with the party in Agartala on Tuesday. Photo: PTI Premium
Four rebel Congress MLAs after submitting a letter to speaker Ramendra Chandra Nath signed by six MLAs on their dissociation with the party in Agartala on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: The Congress party’s troubles worsened on Tuesday with six of its legislators in Tripura telling speaker Ramendra Debnath that they are quitting to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

In a series of internal rebellions, the Congress party has recently seen trouble in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya.

In Tripura, where the Congress is in the opposition, the six rebel MLAs led by former leader of the opposition Sudip Roy Burman are upset over the party aligning with Left Front in the West Bengal assembly polls. They said the move weakens their authority to taken on the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government in Tripura.

The Congress-Left alliance was trounced in West Bengal, where Mamata Banerjee’s TMC returned to power, winning 211 seats in the 294-seat assembly.

Roy Burman has already been elected leader of the TMC legislature group in the state and is expected to stake claim to the post of the leader of the opposition. “Our objective in joining the Trinamool is to defeat this corrupt, anti-people government of the Left," he said in Agartala.

The Congress party, which has been out of power in Tripura since 1993, had 10 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.

According to CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar, apart from the six rebel MLAs, Jiten Sarkar of the Congress, who had earlier resigned from the House, has expressed his willingness to join the ruling party.

If true, this will bring the Congress’s strength down to a mere three MLAs before the next assembly polls, due in early 2018.

The developments in Tripura come on the back of the party facing trouble in Arunachal Pradesh, where dissident leader Kalikho Pul, supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), upstaged Congress leader Nabam Tuki as chief minister.

In Uttarakhand, nine rebel legislators threatened to dislodge chief minister Harish Rawat by aligning with the BJP.

In Meghalaya a section of party MLAs and leaders are unhappy with chief minister Mukul Sangma. In Manipur, too, a section of discontented Congress MLAs had revolted against chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh before the central leadership intervened.

PTI contributed to this story.

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Published: 08 Jun 2016, 12:48 AM IST
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