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Tripura Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Tripura Left Front discord widens

Left Front discord widens
 AGARTALA, Jan 24 – The rift in the Left Front in Tripura has widened with
the Forward Bloc (FB) – which has been refused more than one seat in next
month’s Assembly election by the CPI(M) – deciding to contest in 15 seats. “We
earlier informed the CPI(M) that it should consider our demand for three seats,
otherwise we would field fifteen candidates, but it declined to concede our
demand,” Secretary of the State unit of FB, Shyamal Roy said. …..more

EC to send 60 observers to
supervise Tripura polls
 AGARTALA, Jan 28 – Altogether 60 officers – 52 general and eight
expenditure observers – will be deputed to supervise the process of the Assembly
elections in Tripura which are scheduled to be held on February 23, according to
the resolution of the Election Commission of India which was reached in a
meeting held today in New Delhi. …..more

Tripura CM lashes out at Cong-INPT
 AGARTALA, Jan 29 – Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has lashed
out at Congress for forging electoral alliance with INPT, which he described as
the mask of underground outfits, to storm back to the power in Tripura.The Chief
Minister, who is spearheading the Left Front campaign for the Assembly
elections, addressing meetings in five separate areas of Sonamura subdivision on
Monday, severely criticized Congress for joining hands with the mask of
insurgent groups to take on Left Front in the ensuing elections. …..more

Micro Observers to oversee NE polls

Agartala, Jan 29 (IANS): The Election Commission has
decided for the first time to appoint ‘micro observers’ in addition to general
observers to oversee the poll process in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland,
officials said on Tuesday. Tripura will go to
assembly polls on February 23, followed by Meghalaya on March 3 and Nagaland on
March 5. The counting of votes will be held for Tripura and Meghalaya on March 7
and for Nagaland on March 8. …..more


seat-sharing deal finalised
 AGARTALA, Jan 27 – Ending a long speculation,
Congress has finally managed to clinch a seat-sharing deal with its longtime
electoral ally – Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) – for the
ensuing Assembly elections. Pradesh Alliance Committee had offered its ally INPT
leadership to contest in the 11 ST reserved seats for the ensuing elections and
the party has accepted the ‘request’ of the Congress high command. …..more

Cong to campaign against Left
Front in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 20 – Even as the Left parties
continue to support the UPA government at the Centre, the Opposition Congress in
poll-bound Tripura would strongly campaign against the Left Front government,
AICC general secretary Prithviraj Chavan said today. “There is a notion among
some quarters that we will not expose the ruling Left Front government in
Tripura as they are supporting us in Delhi. I want to make it clear that we are
united on the basis of common minimum programme and in our fight against
communalism, but it does not mean that we will give them walkover in the state
election,” Chavan told newsmen. …..more

‘Conspiracy’ to snatch
voters’ cards
AGARTALA, Jan 20 – The ruling CPI-M in Tripura
today alleged that Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT)
had hatched a conspiracy to snatch electoral photo identity cards (epic) of the
voters in remote areas. “Congress and INPT have demanded withdrawl of the camps
of paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) to enable insurgent outfits,
operating in the state, to snatch photo identity cards of the voters”, CPI-M
spokesman Gautam Das told reporters. …..more

65,000 cops to be
deployed for Tripura polls
AGARTALA, Jan 22 – The Ministry of Home
Affairs (MHA) has assured that it would send 165 additional companies of CRPF in
Tripura to conduct free and fair Assembly election to be held on February 23.
Officials of Election Commission and MHA held a meeting with Tripura Chief
Electoral Officer (CEO), GSG Ayyangar and DGP KTD Singh on Sunday in Delhi where
overall security scenario of the poll-bound State was discussed. …..more

EC asks for report on
Tripura FIRs
AGARTALA, Jan 22 – Annoyed over the
non-execution of FIRs lodged against the alleged use of false documents to
enroll names in the electoral rolls in Tripura, the Election Commission of India
has asked a detailed report from the State Government about the status of those
FIRs. …..more

LJP to contest 60 seats
in Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 22 – Union Minister for
Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ram Vilas Paswan, who is also the chief of Lok
Jana Shakti Party (LJP) announced here on Saturday that the party would contest
all the 60 seats in Tripura. …..more

Fake currency found, 3
held in Tripura
AGARTALA, Dec 31 – Police arrested three youths with Indian fake
notes worth Rs 39,500 from Debasthal under Kailashahar police station in North
Tripura district. Based on specific information, SDPO and Officer in Charge (OC)
along with staff laid an ambush at Debasthal on Kailashahar -Dharmanagar road,
15 km from the police station on Sunday morning. Around 8.45 am, security
personnel spotted that three youths were moving suspiciously at Debasthal. As
the police chased three suspected youths, they tried to escape from the clutch
of cops but could not. …..more

CPI(M) leader killed in NLFT attack(AST_3_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 2 – Insurgents of outlawed National Liberation Front of
Tripura (NLFT) shot dead a ruling CPI-M leader at Nakshiraipara, a remote tribal
hamlet in West Tripura district, in the run-up to Assembly polls, police said.
Two ultras in mufti introducing themselves as jawans of Tripura State Rifles (TSR),
asked Chandramohan Debbarma, a local leader of CPI-M, to accompany them.

TPCC yet to finalise list of
AGARTALA, Jan 3 – The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) is
yet to come up with the final list of candidates for the February Assembly
election. Twelve Congress MLAs and two other party leaders from Tripura had
landed in New Delhi on December 30 to settle the names of Congress candidates
for the forthcoming polls though nothing has got finalized in the last three
days. …..more

More security forces for
AGARTALA, Jan 6 – A total of 170 additional companies of Central Para
Military Forces (CPMF) will be deployed in the State for smooth conduct of the
Assembly elections. Chief Electoral Officer Dr GSG Ayyangar on Saturday said
Central forces would fan out across the State to provide security in
‘vulnerable’ and ‘very vulnerable’ polling stations. Besides, State policed
would also be posted along with the CPMF. …..more

Cong bargains with regional
party in Tripura
– Amid strong objection from the Congress’ Scheduled Tribe Cell in Tripura, a
seven-member delegation of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) has
started a negotiation with Tripura Pradesh Congress team in New Delhi on Friday
evening aiming a possible poll alliance. The INPT team is being headed by its
general secretary Rabindra Deb Barma while Tripura Pradesh Congress President
Samir Ranjan Burman led Congress party. …..more

LF set to retain power in
Tripura: Sarkar
AGARTALA, Jan 7 – Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has reiterated
that the ruling Left Front is all set to retain power in Tripura for the sixth
term. Launching a scathing attack on Congress-INPT, he said the State has made
significant improvements in all fronts during the last few years.  “Tripura has
witnessed success in expansion of irrigation, electricity, drinking water and
road connectivity during the Left Front regime. As a result, the socio-economic
conditions of the people have improved”, he said while addressing a youth rally
organized by DYFI-TYF here on Sunday. …..more

Tribal youth shot dead(AST_8_1_k8)
 AGARTALA, Jan 7 – A tribal youth was today shot dead by para-military
Tripura State Rifles personnel who mistook him to be a militant after which
activists of an opposition party set on fire five houses of ruling CPI(M)
leaders in West Tripura district. …..more


poll rolls
 AGARTALA, Jan 8 – The final electoral rolls in Tripura, earlier slated
to be published on January 2, will now be published on January 10. Sources also
said, a full-fledged team of the Election Commission headed by Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswami will arrive here by January 16 to oversee the
election preparation. It is expected that after this visit, election may be


TPCC meet on poll strategy
 AGARTALA, Jan 9 – Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee has convened a PCC
meeting here tomorrow to prepare party’s strategy for the upcoming Assembly
election. All the senior leaders of the party have been invited to attend the
crucial meeting. The ongoing dialogue for forging alliance with Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) is expected to take shape in the meeting.

CPI(M)-FB stand-off continues
in Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 9 – The stand-off between Forward Bloc and CPI (M)
continues with both parties refusing to stick to their earlier stand on seat-sharing.While
CPI (M) is saying that it would not negotiate with Forward Bloc, general
secretary Shyamal Roy on Wednesday said that the party would put up 15
candidates in the coming Assembly election if party’s demand is not fulfilled by
January 12. The State meet of Forward Bloc will be held at Agartala on January
12 to prepare the strategy for the coming election, said Roy today. He said the
party will continue to insist for three constituencies as endorsed by the State
Council meeting at Dharmanagar. …..more

Forward Bloc candidates’
list after notification
 AGARTALA, Jan 13 – Despite fiery statements over their ‘strong
resentment at the big brotherly attitude of the Marxists,’ the Forward Bloc
seems to have mellowed down a little.The Left Front ally has decided to wait
till issuance of notification of Assembly election before announcing their
candidate list. The Forward Bloc earlier minced no wordsto express their
resentment at the way CPM sought to share only one seat –Bordwali-with them. The
party also declared that they might even contest in 15 seats.

EC team to visit Tripura on
Jan 17
 AGARTALA, Jan 16 – After announcing poll schedule, a four-member team of
the Election Commission will be arriving here on January 17 to take stock of the
poll arrangements in Tripura.Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami along
with two Election Commissioners, Navin Chawla and SY Khurashi, will arrive here
on Thursday morning and leave the state on the same day.

Crack in LF unity in Tripura(AST_17_1_k8)
 AGARTALA, Jan 16 – The ruling Left Front suffered serious jolt as CPI-M
refused to bow down to the threat of Forward Bloc of contesting 15 seats in the
ensuing Assembly elections.CPI-M state secretariat member Bijon Dhar on Tuesday
said, the party is contemplating to put up candidate in Bardowali Assembly seat
that was left over for Forward Bloc if they don’t want to contest.

Promotion of 3 IPS officers
AGARTALA, Jan 16 – As the model code of condut came into effect,
promotions and postings of three senior IPS officers were stalled. Three IPS
officers- Nepal Das, TB Roy and SK Darlong were promoted to Deputy Inspector
General (DIG) on January 14, just after announcement of election schedule for
the 60-member Tripura Assembly by the Election Commission in Delhi.

AICC sets eye on Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 17 – After poll debacle in Gujarat and Himachal
Pradesh, the Congress high command has turned its eyes on Tripura Assembly
election slated for February 23.The AICC has formed four committees including
election committee to lead the party in the ensuing elections. Almost all the
dissident TPCC leaders were accommodated in the four committees to put up a
united fight against the ‘mighty’ ruling Left Front.

against 104 bogus voters in Tripura(SHT, 3-1-k8)


Armed with Election Commission’s
directive, the District Election Officer (DRO) has lodged FIRs against 104 fake
voters in West Tripura district. More FIRs will be lodged against bogus voters
within the next few days.
A total of 69 cases were registered with the police for using forged school
certificates to enroll names in the photo electoral rolls.

Karat lambasts Congress-INPT alliance(SHT, 5-1-k8)

AGARTALA: CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat lambasted the
Congress for its ‘unholy alliance’ with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of
Tripura (INPT), which has been closely linked with rebel groups, in its bid to
come to power in Tripura.Addressing a mammoth rally at Stable Ground here on
Sunday, he alleged that the Congress is trying to oust the Left Front Government
in Tripura with the help of insurgents as was evident from its electoral
marriage with the INPT. …..more

voters arrested(SHT, 5-1-k8)

NNN reports:

Killa police in south district of
Tripura arrested 14 persons on Saturday for allegedly using forged documents in
enlisting their names in the electoral roll. Returning Officer of Udiapur
subdivision complained against them a few days back. They were sent to the court
on the same day and granted interim bail.

Tribal Cong leaders against truck with INPT

Agartala: Setting aside all speculations, five senior leaders of
Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) have initiated dialogue with the INPT
to forge an alliance for the coming Assembly elections in Tripura.The talks
began following instruction from the Congress High Command. Five senior leaders
of TPCC and similar number of INPT leaders had meetings in Tripura Bhavan in
Delhi on Friday but no decision was taken in the meeting, said INPT general
secretary Rabindra Debbarma. …..more

Tripura Govt demands election dates(SHT, 7-1-k8)

AGARTALA: The CPI(M)-led Left Front Government has urged the Election
Commission to declare the dates for Assembly election in Tripura.CPI(M)
politburo member Sitaram Yechury, while addressing youth rally here at Stable
Ground on Sunday, said the election dates should be declared immediately in the
State.Expressing displeasure over the role of Election Commission, he said if
the Congress-led UPA Government imposes President Rule in Tripura what it had
done in Nagaland, the party would not leave to teach a lesson to the Congress
High Command. …..more

concern over issuance of fake certificates(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Agartala: The Agartala bench of Guwahati High Court has expressed
displeasure over the administrative procedure against fake certificate holders,
working under different public sectors.Announcing the decision over such a case
filed against a retired secretarial employee of the State administration by the
West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector, Justice AB Pal on Monday said
that it was shocking to see that a certificate had been cancelled after a period
of 30 years, without taking any action against the issuing authority.

Undertrials escape(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Two undertrials, including one Bangladeshi citizen, arrested in connection with
smuggling of fake Indian currency have fled from a juvenile home in Tripura,
police said on Monday. The Bangladeshi identified as Md Karim Mia (17) and one
Kuddus Ali, an Indian were arrested on December 30 last from two places in
Tripura and sent to a juvenile home following a court order. (PTI)

Tripura electoral roll(SHT, 9-1-k8)

January 10 as the final date for publishing the photo electoral roll, the
Tripura Election Department has made hectic preparations for printing the final
rolls.This time, altogether 203, 0915
voters find place in the list. Among them 10.34 lakh are males while woman
electorate comprise 9.96 lakh, according to sources.
The draft electoral roll was published here on October 26 last but on the
basis of ‘claims’ and ‘objections’ during revision, 63.66 thousand names got
enlisted as fresh applicants while 28.347 names have been deleted from the list.

Tension prevails in Tripura(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Agartala: The State administration has made extra security
arrangements in trouble-torn Kalyanpur police station area of West Tripura,
after violence broke out in remote Sarbangcherra on Monday.Reportedly, the
entire area had turned tense with the death of 17-year-old Dhananjay Debbarma,
who was shot by Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans on Monday morning, following
which a group of irate mob went berserk the area and set aflame at least six
huts of the CPM supporters. …..more

Tripura polls before March 19: EC(SHT, 10th January


Setting aside all speculations, Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan on
Wednesday said that the Assembly election in Tripura would be held before March
19. The tenure of current Assembly is set to be over on March 18.Balakrishnan, who arrived here to
review the election preparation in the state, held meetings with Chief Secretary
Shashi Prakash, Director General of Police (DGP) KTD Singh and Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO) GSG Ayyangar.
A new government will be formed in Tripura before March 19 and the Commission
will announce election in due time, Balakrishnan said at a press conference here
before heading for Delhi on Wednesday. …..more

replaces TSR(SHT, 11th January

The Tripura Home department has replaced the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) with the
CRPF in the remote Sarbangcherra area of West Tripura following protests from
the villagers after a tribal boy was allegedly killed in TSR firing.Official sources said here that the
11th batallion of the TSR, responsible for the firing, had been removed from the
area and the 173rd batallion of the CRPF was posted in its place.
The state administration initiated magisterial enquiry into the incident
which occurred on January 7. …..more

seek Congress tickets in Tripura(SHT_14_1_k8)

Agartala: Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has received 450
applications from the party aspirants for 60-member Assembly polls in February.
Party observer and AICC representative Sanjoy Bapna told reporters here on
Saturday that the TPCC was asked to scrutinise the applications in consultation
with the election steering committee and to send the list to the party high
command for finalisation. …..more

to visit Tripura(SHT_14_1_k8)


Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami along with three high-level officials
of the poll panel will be arriving here on January 16. The purpose of the visit
is to review the election arrangements including final photo electoral rolls in
Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishan had visited the poll-bound state
and had meetings with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police (DGP),
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and representatives of different political
parties. …..more

Forward Bloc issues ultimatum to CPI(M) in Tripura(SHT_15_1_k8)

Signalling a rift in the ruling Left Front in Tripura, the Forward Bloc has
given an ultimatum to the CPI(M) that it would field 15 candidates in the
Assembly elections next month, if the Marxist party did not concede its demand
for three seats.General Secretary of the state unit
of Forward Bloc Shyamal Roy today said the CPI-M should consider its demand for
three seats.
"Otherwise we will field fifteen candidates."

to arrange 200 companies for Tripura polls(SHT_17_1_k8)

Agartala: The Election Commission has assured to arrange 200 companies
of additional Central paramilitary forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of
Assembly elections in Tripura.The additional Central forces will arrive here
very shortly so that deployment could be completed well before the polling,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) GSG Ayyangar said on Tuesday.

set for State visit(SHT_18_1_k8)

AGARTALA/SHILLONG: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami,
along with election commissioners Nabin B Chawla and YS Khurisi, will visit
Shillong on Friday to review poll preparations in the State. Elections to
Meghalaya Assembly Legislative Assembly are slated for March 3.

to regulate life-saving drugs(SHT_21_1_k8)

Agartala: The Union Ministry of Chemicals has planned to bring
life-saving drugs under the Centre’s control to ensure unified price of the
medicines across the country as well as to make them available everywhere at
affordable costs.Talking to UNI here on Sunday, Union minister for Chemicals,
Fertilisers and Steel Ramvilas Paswan said most of the chemical industries were
under private ownership and had been squeezing money from the people.

Cong-INPT conspiracy to snatch EPICs alleged(SHT_21_1_k8)

Agartala: The ruling CPI-M in Tripura on Sunday alleged that Congress
and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) had hatched a conspiracy to
snatch electoral photo identity cards (epic) of the voters in remote areas.
"Congress and INPT have demanded withdrawl of the camps of paramilitary Tripura
State Rifles (TSR) to enable insurgent outfits, operating in the state, to
snatch photo identity cards of the voters", CPI-M spokesman Gautam Das told
reporters. …..more

Forward Bloc quits Left Front in Tripura(SHT_26_1_k8)

Agartala: The Forward Bloc, a key constituent of the Left Front in
Tripura, on Friday quit the ruling alliance after being denied three seats by
major partner CPI(M) for next month’s assembly elections in the state."We are no
longer in the Left Front. We left it because of the autocratic functioning of
the CPI(M), which had virtually established one-party rule within the Front,"
Forward Bloc state secretary Shymal Roy said. The CPI(M) should no longer call
the ruling coalition a Left Front as it now only comprised with the CPI(M), CPI
and RSP, he said, adding "they can call it a three party alliance."

Fissures in Tripura Left
Front widen(SHT_23_1_k8)

Agartala: The rift in the Left Front in Tripura widened on Tuesday
with the Forward Bloc (FB) – which has been refused more than one seat in next
month’s Assembly election by the CPI(M) – deciding to contest on 15 seats. "We
earlier informed the CPI(M) that it should consider our demand for three seats,
otherwise we would field fifteen candidates, but it declined to concede our
demand," Secretary of the State unit of FB, Shyamal Roy said. The FB wrote to
Left Front chairman and CPI(M) leader Khagen Das on Sunday, that its central
committee had instructed it to field fifteen candidates unless the demand for
three seats was conceded, Roy said. …..more

Rickshawpuller to head for
Seoul science fair(SHT_23_1_k8)

Agartala: He grew up with a rickshaw as the sole means of earning a
square meal a day for his family.So when it comes to his innovative creation,
perhaps one could not think of any other machine than rickshaw.Seventeen-year-old
Sunil Datta, son of Naresh Datta, a rickshaw puller, would fly to Seoul in South
Korea to participate in the International Science Fair to be held in that
country.Recently, at the regional science fair in Birala Planetarium in Kolkata,
Sunil, a student of Class XI of Amarpur Higher Secondary School stunned all with
his invention. Students from eastern region including North East, West Bengal,
Bihar and Orissa attended the fair. With his model of multipurpose rickshaw,
Sunil lifted the first prize. …..more

INPT to contest polls in 11

Tripura Cong yet to finalise

AGARTALA: Even as process of filing nominations is set to commence on
January 30, the Congress is struggling to finalise its nominees for the upcoming
Assembly elections in Tripura though it has made progress in finalising seat
adjustment with its long time ally – the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura
(INPT).The INPT has accepted to contest in 11 ST reserved seats after a hectic
negotiation with Tripura Pradesh Alliance Committee on Saturday night in Delhi.

500 micro observers for
Tripura polls(SHT_30_1_k8)

Agartala: A total 500 micro observers would be appointed by the
Election Commission to monitor the process of elections and counting for next
month’s assembly polls in Tripura, official sources said on Tuesday. They would
be appointed in addition to 52 general observers and 8 expenditure observers, G
S G Ayanger, Chief Electoral Officer of Tripura said.

CPI(M) adds salt to FB
wounds in Tripura(SHT_30_1_k8)

Agartala: After Forward Bloc quit ruling Left Front in Tripura peeved
over CPI(M)’s rejection of its demand for seats in coming Assembly elections,
the Marxist party has rubbed the salt in its former ally’s wound by fielding a
FB leader who quit the party in a constituency. Forward Bloc (FB) leader and
Agartala Municipal Corporation councillor Sudhir Chandra Majumdar, who left the
party in protest against its decision to walk out of the Front, was named CPI(M)
candidate from Bardwali constituency, a press statement issued by the marxist
party said on Tuesday. …..more

Cong announces 44 candidates
in Tripura (SHT_31_1_k8)

AGARTALA: After a series of marathon meetings in Delhi, Congress on
Tuesday night unveiled the first list of 44 candidates for the ensuing Assembly
elections in Tripura.The party left 11 Assembly seats for its ally – Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), leaving vacant names of nominees for the
remaining six seats – Krishnapur, Salgara,Jolaibari, Sabroom, Surma and
Panisagar.Sources said, the Congress is contemplating to leave Krishnapur and
Promodhnagar Assembly constituencies for NCT while PDS may secure Sabroom
constituency to finalise the seat-sharing deal.

4 Cong
teams for Tripura(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
The AICC general
secretary, Prithwiraj Chauhan, has announced four major committees to monitor
the elections in Tripura. Despite the list of poll nominees being released and
copies being sent to the PCC president Samir Ranjan Barman, he kept them a
secret till this afternoon.
He started sending the copies to party functionaries only after the state
leaders persuaded Chauhan to do so. …..more

Poll panel
to visit Agartala tomorrow (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalswami, accompanied by election commissioners Nabin
Chawla and S.Y. Qureshi, will visit Tripura on Thursday in the course of his
visit to the poll-bound states of the Northeast.
The deputy election commissioner in charge of Tripura, R. Balakrishnan, and
senior officials will accompany the CEC and hold discussion with senior
officials of the state government headed by chief secretary Shashi Prakash.

EC ‘model’
poll faces hurdles (TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The Election
Commission is preparing to hold “model” elections to the 60-member Tripura
Assembly in order to showcase its achievement in organising smooth and
trouble-free polls. However, lack of infrastructure and dearth of adequate
computer-trained officials has become a major source of concern. Even though the
stage of preparation of electoral rolls has passed off, the election department
continues to be dogged by a host of problems.
The commission had initially planned to depute 65 observers for the state’s
60 seats, but the chief secretary, Shashi Prakash, sent an SOS saying that the
state government does not have proper facilities to host so many observers.

rethink on poll seats(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
The Left Front
leadership in Tripura declared their list of nominees on December 16 for the
Assembly elections. However, unforeseen developments over the past month have
forced them to rethink their position over individual nominees in at least five
The Forward Bloc had boycotted the media conference where Left Front
nominations had been announced. But the Left Front chairman and CPM MP Khagen
Das had hoped that the dispute would be settled.

CEC on
election recce(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
Chief election
commissioner N. Gopalaswami arrived here today to review Tripura’s preparations
for the February 23 elections. Speaking to
reporters at the Raj Bhawan this evening, the official said the Election
Commission would arrange for sufficient security to ensure a free and fair
election and neutralise the threat of militant violence.
He said poll observers would arrive in the state in four days to address
complaints about deletion of voters’ names, existence of duplicate voters and
the other errors. The 5,000 appeals for registration as voters would be disposed
of within a week.The latest electronic voting machines would be used in the
state to thwart post-poll intimidation, he added.

Cong yet
to shrug off poll jitters(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Agartala, Jan.18: Tripura Congress’s attempts at forging a united
anti-Left front to prevent division in Opposition votes has run into fresh
hurdles with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) announcing its
decision to wait until tomorrow to finalise its own seat allocation.“Unless the
Congress leadership makes things clear by tomorrow, it will be difficult for us
to await their decision. We will take a decision on going alone for the polls in
our party’s central working committee meeting commencing from tomorrow,” said
INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma. …..more

Rs. 81.7 cr for edn infrastructure in NE


The central government has launched
an ambitious Rs.8.17-billion ($208 million) scheme to develop educational
infrastructure in India’s eight northeastern states, according to an official
‘Of the Rs.8.166 billion,
Rs.6.558 billion have been released so far for various educational projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and
Tripura,’ said an official report of the central human resource development (HRD)
ministry.The development plans in the northeast are centrally financed on the
basis of 90 percent grant and 10 percent loan, the report said.


Poll notification for 3 NE States soon

Agartala, Jan 10 (IANS):

Preparations for holding assembly
elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland are in full swing, with the
Election Commission due to announce the poll schedule soon, it was announced
here Thursday.Election machineries of the three
states are making all arrangements to conduct the elections in a free and fair
manner in February, Deputy EC R. Balakrishnan said.
The five-year terms of the Tripura assembly will end March 19, while the
tenures of the Meghalaya and Nagaland assemblies end March 10 and 13
respectively. …..more

Tension continues in
interior region of West Tripura
Violence broke out in remote Sarbangcherra
AGARTALA, Jan 8: The State administration has made extra
security arrangements in trouble-torn Kalyanpur police station area of West
Tripura, after violence broke out in remote Sarbangcherra yesterday.Reportedly, the entire area turned tense with the death of 17-year-old Dhananjay
Debbarma, who was shot by Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans yesterday morning,
following which a group of irate mob went berserk and set aflame at least six
huts of the CPM supporters. The villagers also staged demonstration in front of
Kalyanpur police station demanding compensation to the victim’s family as well
as the punishment to the accused jawans, who killed Dhananjay.

Centre to review
tourist security in NE
AGARTALA, Jan 11: The Centre has ordered
the State Tourism Ministries in the NE to review the safety and security
arrangements for tourists, particularly women, in the region by January 24 next.In letter to the Chief Secretaries of the States, Ministry of Tourism informed
besides, reviewing security scenario, meant for the tourists, the meeting would
review tourism projects and related issues. …..more

Congress to soon
announce candidates for Tripura Assembly polls
AGARTALA, Jan 11: The Tripura Congress has
said it will soon announce the names of its candidates for the forthcoming
Assembly elections.
According to Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee leaders, so far 200 applications
had been received for the 60 Assembly seats. AICC representative Sanjoy Bapner
would come later today to scrutinize the credentials of the applicants. “All
senior leaders of the party, including dissidents, attended the meeting last
evening where we discussed election related matters and organizational issues
ahead of the polls,” said TPCC spokesperson Ratan Chakraborty. Chakraborty,
however, said the AICC had constituted a separate committee for managing
elections in the state and the TPCC was satisfied with the committee’s
performance. …..more

450 Congress aspirants file
application for Assembly polls(SEN_14_1_k8)
INPT (a political front of the banned militant outfit NLFT) leaders meet
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on alliance issue

AGARTALA, Jan 13: Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has
received 450 applications from party aspirants for the Assembly polls in
February.Party observer and AICC representative Sanjoy Bapna told reporters here
yesterday that the TPCC was asked to scrutinize the applications in consultation
with the election steering committee and to send the list to the Party high
command for final approval.
“The process of selection will be completed in next three-four days but the
declaration will be made only after announcement of the poll schedule,” Bapna
said, adding that he received representation from Congress Women Cell and Tribal
Wing for allotment of the seats as per the norms.

Five tribal youths

AGARTALA, Jan 13: At least five tribal youths
went missing from remote locations of
during past 23 days, police said here
The report said the missing youths were suspected to have joined militant
organization and undergoing training in Bangladesh. …..more

EC assures smooth polls in NE

AGARTALA, JAN 18 (IANS): The Election Commission (EC) will take multi-pronged
measures to ensure free and fair polling, including steps to prevent militants
from trying to sabotage the upcoming assembly elections in three northeastern
states, a top official said here.
"We will deploy sufficient central paramilitary force during the elections in
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to curb extremist activities and other
misconducts," N. Gopalaswamy, chief election commissioner (CEC), told
journalists Thursday night.
The three-member EC team led by Gopalaswamy Thursday held a series of meetings
in Agartala with top officials and leaders of various political parties to
review the preparations for the assembly elections in the state.

Tripura Cong submits
aspirants list to AICC
Agartala, Jan 1: The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) today
submitted the list of aspirants for the Assembly polls, to be held in February,
to AICC in-charge of the North-east Prithviraj Chauhan.
TPCC leaders said the AICC had turned its attention to the poll-bound
north-eastern States after the Congress debacle in the recent Assembly elections
in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.TPCC president Samir Ranjan Barman informed that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, along with other senior leaders of the party, had
held meetings with the senior Congress leaders in the North-east and reviewed
the poll prospects of the Congress in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.

B’desh gangs training
minors for crimes in Tripura
Agartala, Jan 1: The Tripura police have arrested a gang of about 20
minor Bangladeshi rag-pickers for committing burglaries throughout the city
since the past three months.Police said here today that gangs, from across the border, had been
professionally training poor children, all aged between 7-17 years, from the neighbouring country, to commit thefts and other petty crimes in the state.

Tripura Govt welcomes
Centre’s move to implement Forest Rights

AGARTALA, Jan 2: The Tripura government has expressed its approval to the
Centre’s issuance of notification for implementing the provisions of the
Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2007.
State Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury told UNI here
yesterday that following the efforts of the Left Front in Tripura, the Centre
had issued the notification on December 31, for recognizing the forest dwellers’
exclusive rights over its resources. …..more

 Factional squabbles
continue in Tripura Congress
AGARTALA, Jan 2 : The Tripura Congress continued to be rocked by
factional feuds over the leadership issue even as the Left Front launched its
campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections in the Northern state.
TPCC leaders said here today all the 13 Congress Legislators, including TPCC
president Samir Ranjan Barman and former Tripura Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan
Majumder, were presently at New Delhi to hold talks with AICC general secretary
in-charge of the Northeast Prithviraj Chauhan, to sort out the leadership issue.

Five militant attacks
in a week in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 2: As many as five insurgency-related incidents were
reported from different locations in Tripura during the past one week, ahead of
the Assembly elections, police said here today.
A group of unknown miscreants, equipped with country-made guns, opened fire in
the Debendrapara forest under Ompi police station in South Tripura, injuring one
Rabijoy Reang (22) yesterday, police said. …..more

Centre approves 90:10
funding model in FMP for NE States
AGARTALA, Jan 3: The Centre has approved the 90:10 funding pattern in
the Flood Management Programme (FMP) for the Northeastern States and Kashmir
while deciding to follow the same model for restoration of damaged irrigation
projects across the country.
Official sources said here today that the Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes (SMIS)
of the NE States, besides Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and
KBK districts of Orissa, had been provided the Central Loan Assistance (CLA)
under the programme since 1999-2000. …..more

ECI to record speeches
of political leaders in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 3: The State Election Department has decided to record
campaigns, including speeches of leaders of all recognized political parties in
Tripura, as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India (ECI).
According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr G S G Ayyanger, in most cases it
was found that the political leaders, including the candidates, did not follow
ECI guidelines, while addressing a public gathering that sometimes triggered
reaction among the political parties. …..more

TPCC delegation meets
ECI for fair election
AGARTALA, Jan 3: A three-member delegation of Tripura Congress Committee,
led by Opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath today met Election Commissioner of India
(ECI) and urged him to ensure the conduct of Assembly elections in the State in
a free and fair manner.Nath told UNI over the phone from Delhi that the
delegation had requested ECI to guarantee the reflection of the true mandate of
the people of Tripura during the poll while demanding to meticulously review the
law and order situation before announcing the election date. He, however, stated
that a group of senior Congress leaders met the party high command yesterday and
apprised the central leadership of the situation in Tripura as well as discussed
certain election related matters. …..more

India invests $208
million in Northeast education infrastructure
AGARTALA, Jan 4: The central government has launched an ambitious Rs
8.17-billion ($208 million) scheme to develop educational infrastructure in
India’s eight northeastern states, according to an official report.
“Of the Rs 8.166 billion, Rs 6.558 billion have been released so far for various
educational projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Asom, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura,” said an official report of the Central Human
Resource Development (HRD) ministry. …..more

ECI confirms voting
status of Tripura State Rifles jawans

AGARTALA, Jan 5: The Election Commission has assured the Tripura
State Rifles (TSR) jawans of providing them voting rights in the constituencies
where their families were staying.
In an official statement issued here today, the EC made it clear that 2,400 TSR
voters would be allowed to enrol their names at the places where their families
had been enrolled, revoking its earlier decision.
Earlier, the commission had instructed TSR jawans to cast their votes where they
were staying at least for the past six months.

CPI(M) accuses Congress of
trying to bring PR in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 7: CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury and Tripura
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has alleged that the Congress party is conspiring to
impose President’s Rule in Tripura ahead of the State assembly elections.
Addressing a public rally here yesterday, organized by the Left Fronts youth
wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Tribal Youth Federation (TYF),
both leaders expressed dismay over the Election Commission’s move of seeking
elaborate report on summary revision of photo electoral rolls and delaying the
announcement of the poll schedule. …..more

 Left for third alternative
minus Congress and BJP
AGARTALA, Jan 7: Left parties are seriously contemplating a third
alternative with non-Congress and non-BJP parties, says Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury. He said the “third alternative”
was different from a “third front” and would be based on electoral
understandings and seat adjustments.
“The Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has deviated from
the common minimum programme (CMP) and the Left parties have strongly asked the
government to implement the CMP properly,” Yechury said while addressing an
election rally here Sunday. The CPI-M politburo member accused the UPA
government of going back on its commitment on the CMP by not allocating due
share of the GDP to education and health sectors.

Forward Bloc in Tripura to go it
alone (TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
The Tripura
Forward Bloc will be putting up candidates separately for the coming Assembly
polls.The Forward Bloc state secretary, Shyamal Roy, said the party had asked
for three seats in the Assembly elections but the CPM had allotted just one.

Moreover, there was no representative from the party in the Left Front’s
media conference where the list of nominations was formally released.

final poll rolls out(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Election
Commission has deleted 1.54 lakh names of doubtful voters from the electoral
list that was published this morning for the Assembly election.Tripura’s
total electorate is now 230,916, of which 103,43,17 are male. “As far as we are
concerned, the final electoral roll is totally error free but if there are more
complaints, we will correct them as and when applied for,” said chief electoral
officer G.S.G. Ayengar.
Speaking to journalists, Ayengar said the final electoral roll had been
prepared after intensive revision through door-to-door enumeration and with the
help of e-clean software provided by the Election Commission over the past
one-and-a-half years. …..more

Darlongs ban election graffiti (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Election
Commission is yet to enforce its code of conduct with a ban on visible poll
propaganda like posters and flags in Tripura, which is set to go to the polls
next month.However, the
elders of a small tribal community have come forward to prevent political
division in the community by imposing a ban on poll graffiti in their area. The Darlongs,
a Mizo sub-tribe, comprise just 350 families, living in and around Ambassa in
Dhalai district.
According to records, the Darlongs are one of the 12 Halam groups of tribals.
The Christian Darlongs have their own distinctive language and culture but speak
Tripura’s tribal lingua franca Kokborok quite fluently.

Spanner in
poll tie-up(TEL,13-1-k8)

Agartala, Jan. 12: The Congress’s efforts to forge an electoral
alliance with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) to oust the
Left Front has run into rough weather with PCC president Samir Ranjan Barman
trying to grab the lion’s share of the tribal seat pie. Barman today informed
INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma of his party’s inability to concede
more than nine of the 20 reserved seats to the regional party.

Cong, CPM
in war of words(TEL, 1-1-k8)

Agartala, Feb. 5: The Congress and CPM in Tripura continued to spar
over former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s alleged nexus with erstwhile TNV
militants.AICC general secretary and Union minister of state for PMO affairs
Prithwiraj Chavan lambasted CPM general secretary Prakash Karat for his
“reprehensible remarks.” On Sunday, Karat had condemned the Congress for its
“double standards” over the insurgency problem in Northeast while addressing a
rally here. …..more

in Tripura Cong (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan. 1: The Tripura Left Front has already completed its
first round of campaign for the elections after it announced the nominations on
December 16. The Congress, however, continues to be dogged by intense factional
feud over the leadership issue. All the 13 Congress MLAs, including PCC
president Samir Ranjan Barman and former chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Mazumder,
are in Delhi holding talks with the AICC general secretary in-charge of Tripura,
Prithwiraj Chauhan, to sort out the leadership issue.

Left in shuffle mode(TEL, 4-1-08)

Khagen Das set to be CPM’s new secretary

(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan. 3: Quietly behind the din and the bustle of the
election campaign, the CPM in Tripura is preparing the ground for a change in
the upper echelons. As a part of the change, veteran leader and party MP Khagen
Das is all set to become the party secretary, replacing incumbent octogenarian
Baidyanath Mazumder. Das will be anointed in the upcoming 19th state conference
of the party, which will be held, after the Assembly polls. The name of Das, who
became a member of the central committee in 2005, was cleared by the CPM
politburo and central committee. …..more

Delay blame on Cong

The CPM has
accused the state Congress and the AICC of trying to delay the Assembly polls
beyond the scheduled term of the Assembly, which comes to an end on March 18.
In a statement, CPM secretary Haripada Das said the state Congress
leadership, currently lobbying in Delhi for nomination and related
organisational issues, has been working in connivance with the central
leadership to file “false and baseless complaints” with the Election Commission.

Telemedicine (TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
medicare giant, Advanced Medicare and Research Institute (AMRI), has opened a
telemedicine and information centre here.
Dr Kalyan Bhattacharya, an oncologist associated with AMRI, praised the joint
venture between West Bengal government and private entrepreneurs in healthcare
in West Bengal and the eastern zone, including the Northeast.

Tribal front adds to Cong worries(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
A revolt is
brewing in the Tripura unit of the Congress with the Adivasi Congress, its
tribal front, threatening to launch a new party before the Assembly elections if
its parent organisation does not consult it on seat adjustments with regional
parties. The trigger
for its anger is the talks the party has been holding with the Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and the newly formed National Council of
Tripura (NCT) in New Delhi for the past one week without consulting it.
Raising the banner of revolt, president of the Adivasi Congress Jadumohan
Tripura said: “Unless we are taken into confidence and the issue is sorted out
amicably on the basis of the strength of the regional forces, we will quit the
Congress and launch a new party that will put up candidates not only in the 20
seats reserved for the tribals but in 13 other general seats where tribal vote
can tilt the balance of power.” …..more

Tripura poll dates expected next week(TEL_9_1_k8)

Jan. 8:
The dates for the
Tripura Assembly elections are likely to be announced during the visit of an
Election Commission team headed by chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswamy
from January 15.
“The formal notification might be issued after the Election Commission team
returns to Delhi but there is a strong possibility that the dates will be
announced during their visit,” said chief electoral officer G.S.G. Ayengar.

Tripura Cong in poll jitters(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
Congress workers
in Tripura are upset with the PCC for its indecision on organisational changes
and formation of committees in the run-up to the Assembly elections.
A formal statement issued by PCC spokesman and former minister Ratan
Chakraborty, a loyalist of the state president Samir Ranjan Barman’s faction,
directed aspirants who are seeking nominations to collect application forms from
the district presidents. …..more

Indian Air Force recruitment
drive in Tripura a big draw(SEN_15_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 14: At a time when the Indian Armed forces are facing a
shortage of new recruits, youngsters in the Northeast are eager to join national
cause. This was evident during a recently held recruitment drive by the Indian
Air Force here.
Thousands of youth from across the Northeast region arrived here for the
two-tier Indian Air Force’s week-long recruitment programme. Aspirants said that
their basic motivations were employment, the prevalence of wide scale insurgency
in their region, and an opportunity to serve the motherland.

Tripura activists
suggest amendment of IPC sections related to women

AGARTALA, Jan 14: The women activists and leading lawyers of Tripura today
suggested amendment of certain sections of the Indian Panel Code (IPC), dealing
with women-related issues to prevent the rising crimes and atrocities against
Addressing a workshop on the Review of Laws Affecting Women, organized by the
Tripura Commission for Women (TCW) here, TWC chairperson Dr Tapati Chakraborty
expressed serious concern over the increasing incidences of crimes against women
in the State. …..more

Centre to review RD
programme in NE tomorrow

AGARTALA, Jan 16: The Ministry of Rural Development has convened a
two-day meeting with the officials of NE region tomorrow for reviewing the
performance of the Department of Rural Development and Department of Land
Resources. According to Tripura Rural Development Minister Jitendra Choudhury,
the meeting would review various programmes of rural development and department
of land resources. It would focus on financial and physical progress of all
schemes released up to last December and requirement of funds for rural
development schemes during 2007-08; status of finalization of BPL List and
Indira Awaas Yojana waitlist. …..more

AICC forms four
committees for Tripura Congress
AGARTALA, Jan 16: In a bid to minimize factional squabble in the Tripura
Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) ahead of assembly elections, the AICC today
formed four committees with senior party leaders.
TPCC spokesperson Ratan Chakraborty informed the media here today that former
chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumder had been made the chairman of the Election
Committee to look after all poll related matters.

EEICC demands multiple
visa for business community
AGARTALA, Jan 16: The Eastern Export Import Chamber of Commerce (EEICC)
has demanded extending visa facilities to northern part of Tripura to facilitate
trade bodies of Northeastern States.
EEICC Secretary Ramananda Bhattacharjee raised the issue yesterday before
Sudhakar Dalela, Councillor of Indian High Commission at Dhaka, who had been on
a few hours’ tour to Ragna Land Custom Station (LCS) in Dharmanagar along with
high level business delegates of Bangladesh.

ECI asks Tripura Govt to
transfer tainted officials(SEN_19_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 18: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has
instructed the Tripura administration for the coming February 23 Assembly
elections to transfer all those officers against whom the Commission had
recommended disciplinary action or who had been charged for any lapse during the
previous elections or for any election-related work, official sources said
today. The Commission also instructed that no election-related official or
police officer of the rank of sub-inspector and above should be allowed to
continue in his home district. Besides, instructions had also been issued that
all the election-related officials, including the police officials, who had
completed three years in a district during the past four years, should be
transferred out of that district. The State Government was asked to ensure that
those, who were transferred, should move out physically of their last place of
posting and not remain there on any pretext, including leave.

Tripura stops poultry
AGARTALA, Jan 18: The Tripura government has banned the import of
poultry following the detection of avian influenza in West Bengal while the
State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department also sounded alert on Bird Flu
across the State. Veterinary officials said here yesterday the import of chicken
from Maharashtra and West Bengal had been stopped for the past two days and all
precautionary measures taken to combat the spread of the disease in the State.
State Animal Resources Minister Pranab Debbarma told UNI with the outbreak of
the disease in West Bengal, steps were being initiated to prevent the disease
from being contracted into the State. …..more

15 polling parties in
Tripura to be sent by aircraft(SEN_26_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 25: Altogether 15 polling parties will be sent by
helicopter a day before the election to the inaccessible areas-nine in Dhalai,
four in North and two in West Tripura districts.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) G S G Ayyanger said here today that the authority
will manage aircraft for their safe journey.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) had instructed the State election panel
to make adequate arrangements for polling parties’ transportation.

FB dissolves alliance with
Left in Tripura(SEN_26_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 25: The 30-year old alliance of Forward Bloc (FB) with
Left Front in Tripura has dissolved yesterday following an internal rift over
seat sharing issue between CPI(M) and FB for the February 23 poll.
According to party sources here today, Left Front convener Khagen Das has said
that the CPI(M) chief Prakash Karat spoke to FB general secretary Debabrata
Biswas to resolve the standoff situation in Tripura but in vain. He also
clarified that the CPI(M) would soon announce it’s candidate for the seat, meant
for FB.Meanwhile, FB state secretary Shyamal Roy said that they would contest in 15
seats of 60-member House. …..more

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