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Will boycott Friday's swearing-in of Tripura government: Left leader

IANS  |  Agartala 

Front leaders will boycott the swearing-in of the BJP-led government spearheaded by on Friday to protest "large-scale violence" in after the Assembly elections, Left leaders said on Thursday.

However, outgoing and elected leaders of the Communist Party of (CPI-M) will attend the ceremony, where and would be present.

Left Front Convenor said that since the declaration of Assembly election results on Saturday, around 400 offices of parties and frontal organisations were attacked, 85 party offices burnt down, 315 offices of various Left parties and frontal organisations were forcibly occupied, 1,704 houses belonging to Left members and supporters attacked and around 200 houses set on fire.

He claimed that 290 shops owned by Left members and supporters were burnt down, 10 destroyed, over 600 Left members and supporters assaulted badly, 10 vehicles damaged. This had forced thousands of persons to take refuge elsewhere in the state.

A Left Front delegation led by member on Thursday met (CEO) and demanded deferment of polls in Charilam constituency (Reserved-Tribal), where election could not be held on February 18 after the death of Communist Party of (CPI-M) candidate.

leaders claimed that there is no conducive environment to hold polls in Charilam in western

Das said the CPI-M delegation submitted a detailed account of what he called a reign of terror unleashed by the workers of BJP and its ally IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura).

"More than 11 permanent party offices and two district committee offices of CPI-M and RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party) were burnt down, many trade union offices forcibly occupied in Charilam area and CPI-M candidate fled from the area to save his life," Das later told the media.

He said around 60 CPI-M leaders' houses were attacked and 19 party leaders physically assaulted by BJP-IPFT workers whereas all 40 booth offices of CPI-M in Charilam have been burnt down.

Das said several thousand Left Front members and workers had been forcibly evicted from Charilam segment.

Tripura's erstwhile royal family's scion Jishnu Debbarma, who has been named the Deputy in the new government, is the BJP nominee from Charilam.

"We urge the administration and the BJP leadership to take adequate measures to stop these post-poll violence immediately," said Dhar, a member.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 21:50 IST