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3,500 supporters of BJP-IPFT, CPI(M) join Congress in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

More than 3,500 supporters of the ruling BJP-IPFT and the opposition CPI(M) joined the on Tuesday, two days ahead of the second and last phase of polls in

Addressing a press conference, the of the Pradesh (TPCC), Pradyot Kishore Dev Burman said, many have joined the today, including Ashok Kumar Baidya, a former Congress MLA from Teliamura constituency in district.

He had earlier joined the BJP, Burman said, adding, Baidya had resigned from the BJP a month ago.

"Today's incident proved that the people are fed up with the in one year, he said.

"The is losing its support and that was the reason behind the massive violence and rigging by the BJP during the first phase of elections on April 11," he said.

Polling was held in West constituency in the first phase.

The also said that he would meet the (CEO) and ask him to ensure free and fair elections during the second phase of elections on Thursday.

The Congress had accused the and the Director General of Tripura Police, Akhil Kumar Shukla, of favouring the ruling party during the first phase of the elections in the state.

It had also demanded their resignations.

Former MLA Ashok Baidya, who was also present at the press conference, alleged that he was forced to resign from the BJP because there was no inner party democracy.

"Ashoke Baidya left the BJP earlier. He was not a significant leader. Everybody has the right to go anywhere," said.

"We only know that the Congress or the CPI(M) cannot field polling agents in the elections because their mass base have eroded," Bhattacharya said.

No one has joined the Congress from the CPI(M), the Convener of the Left Front, Bijan Dhar, said.

"Rather, many have joined our party from the Congress," he added.

Altogether 12,61,861 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in 1,645 polling stations on Thursday.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 19:10 IST