AGARTALA, Dec 24: In a bid to revive their lost ground among the tribals that constitute one third of the State’s total population, the Congress has decided to contest the election for 586 village committees, counterpart of the panchyats in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council areas, scheduled to be held in February next. The decision was taken in a meeting held at Congress Bhawan here on Wednesday.
“We will contest the election, it is fil but yet to take a decision about forming alliance with any other party,” said Ashish Saha, executive president of the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee. However, he refused to disclose if discussion is going on in this matter with any political party. TPCC president Birajit Sinha, leader of the opposition Sudip Roy Barman, all the party MLA’s and senior tribal leaders attended the meeting convened by Sachitra Debbarma, convenor of the TPCC tribal cell. The meeting decided to launch a massive organizatiol drive to activate the party workers in the TTAADC areas and at the same time to start the process for selection of party candidates. As part of this four teams headed by senior leaders will visit different parts of the TTAADC for three days from December 28 to discuss with the local leaders before filizing the election strategy.
The initiative considered significant as after a long time the party has felt the need for reviving its hold in the tribal areas. The part has lost much of its influence in the tribal areas since it formed alliance with now abolished Tripura Upajati Juba Samity in 1980’s. In the TTAADC election held early this year the Congress was relegated to fourth position leaving the second and the third position to the IPFT and the BJP while the ruling Left Front won all the 28 seats.