New Delhi: Tripura is witnessing political battle between the arch rivals Congress and CPI (M) for 60-member Assembly House today. The Congress, which is out of power in the state for the last two decades, is striving hard to win the red bastion of CPI (M) Tripura.

The question arises that if the Congress can succeed in ending the 20-year hegemony of Left Front in Tripura? Political observers say no because there seems to be no anti-incumbency against Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar who has a clean image in the state. With a total asset of Rs 16, 000 Manik Sarkar has been declared as the poorest Chief Minister in India. The CPI (M) hopes to cash in on Manik Sarkar’s clean image in the assembly polls.

Newly appointed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Union minister Deepa Das Munshi canvassed for the party candidates in the state, while CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury and Suryakanta Mishra launched massive campaign in favour of their candidates.

In a last minute decision, Trinamool Congress decided not to contest Tripura assembly polls. Political analysts termed TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision as a measure to check division of votes against the CPI (M) and the entire move may benefit the Congress.

The BJP is also trying hard to make its presence felt in the north eastern state by fielding 50 candidates in the fray.

Amar Kumar Sharma/JPN

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