Two Congress MLAs resign over selection of candidates



Agartala: Factional feud in opposition Congress in Tripura came into the open over the selection of candidates for civic poll slated for December 11 with two MLAs and three functionaries of the Tripura Youth Congress (TYC) resigning from their posts.

A group of Congress activists last evening put the Congress Bhavan under lock and key and also demonstrated before the house of Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee(TPCC) president Surajit Datta here.

Condemning the incident of locking up the Congress Bhavan, party spokesman and former Information Minister Ratan Chakraborty said "This kind of act had only strenghtened the hands of ruling CPI-M and harmed the prospects of Congress candidates in the fray".

MLA Sudip Roy Burman said he sent his resignation yesterday to AICC President Sonia Gandhi as a mark of protest of unilaterally selecting the candidates for 30-member Agartala Municapl Council and 15 Nagar Panchayats in the state.

Tripura Youth Congress (TYC) president Sushanta Chowdhury, TYC general secretary Baptu Chakraborty, West Lok Sabha President Titon Paul sent their resignations to the All India Youth Congress president Rajib Shatab yesterday.

Chowdhury and Chakraborty both told reporters that they sent their resignations in protest against selecting candidates by a group of Congress leaders without following democratic norms.

PCC president Surajit Datta said he had received no letter of resignation from any TYC office bearers.

"How can they raise allegation of deprivation when they had never asked me or any other senior office bearer for nomination?" he asked.

PTI