`Poll debacle in WB, Kerala not to affect Tripura`

The poll debacle in Kerala and WB would not have any effect in Tripura, where assembly election would take place soon Karat said.

Agartala: The poll debacle in Kerala and
West Bengal would not have any effect in Tripura, where
assembly election would be held in late this year or early
next, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said here on Friday.

"The poll debacle in West Bengal and Kerala will not
have any negative impact in Tripura. It was evident from the
last Lok Sabha and local body elections where the party did
very well," Karat said while addressing the 20th state party
conference here.

The ruling CPI(M) lost the assembly election last year
in West Bengal after a 34-year rule and also in Kerala.

However, the result was just the opposite in case of Tripura.
CPI(M) had swept the Lok Sabha polls in Tripura in
2009 winning both the seats with decent margins, besides
winning the civic polls in a big way.

The CPI(M) led Left Front captured 13 of the 15 nagar
panchayats, ousted Congress in five of them and also retained
hold over Agartala Municipal Council in 2010.

The Left Front also won all 27 seats that were up for
election for Tribal Area Autonomous District Council in 2010.

"The party would take inspiration from the performance
and success of the Left Front government in Tripura and must
take lessons from the mistakes and weaknesses of the party in
West Bengal", Karat said.

Many negative trends came up during the 34 years of
remaining in power and the distance between the party and
people had widened as a result of which it lost panchayat, Lok
Sabha, civic and assembly polls in that state, he said.

He also underlined the need for expansion of party
organisation beyond the territory of West Bengal, Kerala and
Tripura for an effective democratic and parliamentary
struggle against liberalism.