FROM A CORRESPONDENT
AGARTALA, Sept 5: In a tactical move the Trimool Congress elected senior tribal leader Diba Chandra Hragkhawal as leader of their six-member legislative group in Tripura State Assembly. TMC vice president Mukul Roy announced this here today.
A former president of the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee, Hrangkhawal was one among six MLA’s resigned from Congress on April 7 to protest against party high command’s decision to forge alliance with CPI (M) in West Bengal and joined TMC on June 7.
The then leader of the opposition Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Saha, Biswa Bandhu Sen, Dilip Sarkar and Prajit Sinha Roy were five other MLA’s who joined TMC.
Hrangkhawal’s election surprised all as everybody was considering Sudip Roy Barman as the tural choice as he led the revolt in the Congress. It is learnt that Roy Barman himself proposed Hrangkhawal’s me in the legislative party meeting last night and all other MLA’s supported it.
Mukul Roy who was present at the meeting said the election was unimous.
Harangkhawal expressing gratitude to all his colleagues for reposing confidence on him, said, “I will try to deliver the best to carry forward the struggle Mamata Banerjee has initiated to liberate the people of Tripura from the clutches of CPI (M)”.
The entire move appears to be an attempt to appease the tribals who constitute 30 per cent of the state’s total electorates. The party also decided to organise a rally at Agartala on September 23 where they are expecting that a large number of tribal will turn up.
Apart from CPI (M) all other tiol parties in Tripura including the Congress are confined mainly among the non-tribals and Mamata Banerjee is trying to break the jinx.
According to sources she has specially assigned Mukul Roy and he has already established link with the tribal based regiol parties like IPFT and INPT keeping an eye to forge alliance in 2018 Assembly election.
The party is preparing to hold its first state conference in February when a full-fledged state committee will be formed.