Guwahati: The Working President of the Congress in Tripura and the sole heir of the Manikya Dynasty, Maharaja Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman dismissed media reports which claims that the party will not contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to facilitate a Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) win over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Pradyot Deb Barman said that they are not having any alliance and seat adjustment with the CPI in Tripura and that the media reports of the alliance is not true.
He also informed that he wants to clarify that the Congress is fielding its own candidates in both the seats in Tripura East and West and there is no question of giving up and that CPI (M) is nowhere in Tripura. They don't have their support base anymore.
Former Chief Minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar also confirmed that the CPI (M) hadn't formed an alliance of any kind with the Congress. He said that they don't have any seat-sharing understanding with the Congress in Tripura and that there is no question of leaving space for anyone.
Sarkar further confirmed that they are going to contest from both the seats.
He further informed that there are some seat sharing arrangements with Congress in West Bengal but in Tripura they are fielding their candidates in both the Lok Sabha seats.
A senior CPI (M) leader in Tripura said that this time state party unit has decided to field sitting MPs from Tripura East and West and that there will be no change in the candidate.
The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, the ruling BJP's ally is also likely to go alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The IPFT in their central committee meeting held at March 3 decided to field candidates in both the Lok Sabha seats in Tripura.
Meanwhile, the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was lapsed in the Parliament in February might become a contentious issue in the Lok Sabha polls in Tripura which the BJP rules. IPFT, BJP's alliance partner, however, opposed the bill.
The IPFT said that the amendment would encourage illegal migration of non-tribals into scheduled areas.
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