Opposition parties lift boycott of Tripura CM

Agartala: The opposition parties in Tripura have withdrawn their boycott of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for his allegation that they had links with insurgents.

Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath said the parties withdrew their boycott after the chief minister told the Assembly yesterday that the boycott was not good for democracy and that there should be an attitude of forgive and forget.

"In response to the chief minister's remarks, I told the House that we are also not interested to boycott him. We wanted that the chief minister should express regret for his comments," Nath said.

Members belonging to opposition Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) had left the House many times during the current and previous sessions when Sarkar rose to speak.

The opposition parties also did not share dais with Sarkar during the period.

The boycott had started after Sarkar had alleged in December last year that regional party, INPT, and had links with insurgent outfits and its ally Congress was therefore receiving indirect support of the ultras.