Agartala: Expelled CPI-M leader and former
speaker of Tripura Assembly, Jitendra Sarkar today said he has
formally joined the opposition Congress alongwith 4000
"I joined Congress yesterday formally because I believe
this party can fight against the misrule of CPI-M," Sarkar
told reporters here.
An MLA for five times since 1977 and a member of the
Communist party since 1962, he joined the Congress with 4000
members in the presence of AICC member Sanjay Bapna in West
The former speaker for two terms, Sarkar was expelled
from the CPI-M in 2008 allegedly for anti-party activities. He
was denied party ticket in 2008.
Sarkar, however, claimed that he was expelled from the
party for telling the truth and exposing party leaders.