AGARTALA: Outcome of the elections in two prestigious organizations, Tripura Bar Association and the High Court Bar Association, may play a vital role in determining the future course of politics in Tripura as both the main Opposition forces, the CPI(M) and the Congress, are mulling the possibility of forming a similar alliance is all the other public institutions and to extend it up to the forthcoming election of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.
The Congress and CPI(M) supported lawyers reached into an alliance to contest both the elections and the strategy come out with flying colors. The alliance virtually washed away the BJP in the Tripura bar Association when their nominees won 13 out of the 15 posts of office bearers including that of the president and secretary. The increased effort by the BJP leaders especially Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath managed to save the party’s prestige in the High Court Bar Association when its nominees won the majority in seven seats in the 13- member executive committee. It, however, conceded both the vital positions of president and secretary to the Congress-CPI(M) alliance.
It is learned that sections of leaders of both the parties are mulling extending the same strategy in all other public institutions where the joint force has the prospect of winning the majority over the ruling BJP. In the election of several co-operatives in recent times, it was observed that the BJP won all the seats either uncontested or through the symbolic contest as the divided Opposition could not resist the BJP’s onslaught. None of the main strategists of both the Congress and the CPI(M) are ready to show their cards but an undercurrent is there in Congress in favor of extending the alliance up to the forthcoming elections of the TTAADC. ‘Separately we won’t be able to resist the BJP but we can be a credible Opposition if united’, said a senior Congress leader.