Congress has decided not to contest the upcoming Boxanagar (No.20) and Dhanpur (No.23) assembly by-elections to be held on September 5 in Tripura.
“Even though the CPI(M) declared its candidates in a hurry without consulting us, we are also I.N.D.I.A. members . In compliance with the alliance and the directions of our central leadership, we have decided not to field any candidate for the by-polls, to be held in two Assembly Constituencies” said Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashish Saha.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Pradesh Congress headquarters Saha expressed hope that the candidates of the opposition alliance would win the by-polls in both the seats, provided the elections are free and fair.
Ashish Saha also blamed ”BJP backed anti-social elements’ for attacks on Congress party offices in Bagma and Muth Chowmuhuni area of Agartala.
In a formal complaint to the DGP, Amitav Ranjan Ashish mentioned that:
Yesterday morning when Congress workers were preparing to hoist the national flag at the party office near Bagma Bazar, a large group of BJP goons and hoodlums reached the party office and organized attack .
All the party workers were injured. Apart from this, BJP miscreants ransacked the entire party office and burnt photographs of great leaders and freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Besides this, BJP goons vandalized several vehicles and cars, including the private vehicle of former AMC councilor Radheshyam Saha, in Muth Chowmuhuni area of Agartala. But there was no intervention from the police personnel at East Agartala Police Station.
In view of this, TPCC President Ashish Kumar Saha has appealed to the DGP to look into the matters and take stern action to stop the threat posed by BJP goons against peace loving Congressmen as well as common people.