12 - 04 - 2021

Assembly session from 19th March

Agartala, March 16,2021: The budget session ( 2021 -22) of the state assembly will start from 19th March and end on 25th March. The session will be for five days.      In between the session there will be   two holidays - Saturday and Sunday. The business of the assembly session was finalized in a meeting of the business advisory committee (BAC), held yesterday.

The meeting of the BAC was held in the conference hall of the state assembly and presided over by the speaker Rebati Mohan Das. Those who attended the meeting included deputy speaker Biswabandhu Sen, finance minister Jishnu Debbarma, revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma, parliamentary affairs minister Ratan Lal Nath, chief whip of the treasury bench Kalyani Roy, two legislators of the opposition CPI (M) Tapan Chakraborty and Sudhan Das and BJP MLA Sudip Roy Barman. 

Sources in the assembly said that the government side had initially proposed to have a four day session but following objections from the opposition CPI (M) MLAs and Sudip Roy Barman it was unanimously decided that the session would be for five days on 19th March and from 22nd to 25th March. Since this will be the year’s first session it will begin , as per rule, with the speech of the governor and followed by presentation of the supplementary budget for the 2020-2021 financial year and full-fledged budget for the upcoming 2021-2022 financial year.

During the five day session altogether nine bills for legislative sanction will be placed . Altogether five bills have already been placed while four more are being prepared for tabling . Besides, a number of private members resolutions will come up for discussion in the assembly session. Giving this information the minister for education and parliamentary affairs Ratan Lal Nath explained away the curtailment of the assembly session , saying that ongoing COVID pandemic had made this unavoidable.



Pabitra Kar resigns as CPIM secretary of west Tripura district committee, replaced by Ratan Das

Agartala, Jan 20,2021:Pabitra Kar, former minister-MLA and senior party leader Pabitra Kar yesterday suddenly  resigned from the crucial post of secretary , West district committee of the CPI (M) and has been promptly replaced by former one-time MLA Ratan Das .

The decision in this regard was taken yesterday by the party’s top leadership. A statement issued by the CPI (M) officially and front-paged in party organ 'Daily Desher Katha' said that recently Pabitra Kar had been nominated as state secretary  of the party's front organization 'All India Kisan Sabha' and that is why he resigned on his own from the west district secretary post ,to be replaced by Ratan Das, decided by the west district secretariat of the party. 

But sources in the CPI (M) said that the matter is not as simple as it looks because Pabitra Kar has often raised questions in higher forum of the party over the political strategy and tactics followed by the state unit over the past three years since the BJP-IPFT government had come to power. His views were-as they still are-at variance with the party's official line of pacifism. "This may be the reason behind Pabitra Kar's undeclared removal at the insistence of the party’s top brass" said sources.


Jharna Das Baidya writes to Rajya Sabha chairman and vice president Venkaiah Naidu against attack on her office

Agartala, Jan 19,2021: The lone member of parliament ( Rajya Sabha) from Tripura, Jharna Das Baidya has addressed a letter to the vice president and ex officio chairman of Rajya Sabha M.Venkaiah Naidu informing him in detail of the organized attack and stone pelting on her residence in Matri Pally area of Badharghat on January 19, Sunday.

On that day a large group of unruly BJP supporters-most of them miscreants and criminal elements-had tried to storm her residence and resorted to massive stone pelting without even the slightest provocation .

Earlier the same BJP supporters had resorted to en masse attack on CPI (M) supporters and workers who had gathered in front of their party office in Hapania area. Jharna had saved her life with great difficulty.

In her letter to the Rajya Sabha chairman Jharna said that after the incident was over a verbal complaint had been made to police and subsequently a written complain had been filed. The dithered over registering the complaint but finally recorded this but so far none of the BJP supporters involved in the incidents of attacks has been arrested .

Jharna has sought immediate intervention of the Rajya Sabha chairman into the assault on her house and total collapse of law and order and democratic practices in Tripura.

Meanwhile, police in Bishalgarh have arrested three BJP miscreants identified as Sharif Mia 930), Jamal Hossain (28) and Kishan Roy (29) in connection with the assault on PCC president Pijush Biswas at Bishalgarh on Sunday last. Shortly after the incident the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb instructed the police to take action against the culprits involved in the attack.



12 – hour bandh receives lukewarm response

Agartala, Jan 18,2021:The twelve hour Tripura bandh called Congress today in protest against the alleged BJP attack at Bishalgarh on PCC president Pijush Biswas evoked only a lukewarm response . According to report, most of the government offices as well as shops and business establishments remained open in the state. In Agartala town also most of the shops remained open but the real effect of the bandh was seen in less movement of vehicles . The air and railway services were functional even though long-distance buses were fewer in number. 

A clash has erupted between Congress and BJP supporters in Post Office Chaumuhuni area in the heart of the town. Around 9  in the morning a gang of BJP supporters had come to the front side of the Congress Bhawan and started anti-bandh sloganeering, abusing at the same time the Congress party and its workers and supporters. Reacting sharply to BJP's misdemeanor Congressmen in large number came out and a clash between the workers and supporters of the parties ensued.

Some of the workers belonging to both the parties sustained injuries and police had a tough time controlling the situation . For a time traffic movement through the town was suspended by police and people heading for post office Chaumuhuni through Paradise Chaumuhuni were diverted. Till evening no report of incidents in moffusil towns came in.


Abducted Liton Nath dead, corpse recovered by police

Agartala, Jan 15,2021:  Abducted Liton Nath  ( 40), a small trader,  body was recovered by the police from Damcherra area. He  had been kidnapped by a gang allegedly to be NLFT militants. Liton who is survived by his wife and four children had been kidnapped on November 27 but when the so-called militants realized that they would not get the desired ransom and police dragnet would lead to their arrest killed him and buried him at a desolate placed called Ranibari between Damcherra and Khedacherra. 

The police got this information from the four petty criminals called NLFT militants nabbed from Takarjala. In the course of interrogation the criminals confessed that Liton Nath had been killed shortly after abduction for fear of police and little prospect of getting demanded ransom. The police is heading for Ranipara today to exhume Liton's dead body for post-mortem. There is no relative of Liton to look after his helpless family comprising his wife and four children.  


HC directs state govt to hold TTAADC polls by May 17

Agartala, Jan 13,2021:The high court on Tuesday  ordered the state government to conduct general elections to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District   Council (TTAADC)  by May 17.Responding to a plea filed by Apu Debbarma, a resident of an area which comes within the administrative ambit of the Council, a division dench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice SG Chattopadhyay ordered the state government to conduct the ADC polls within May 17, the petitioner’s counsel Mintu Debbarma told reporters.

The court said the polls could be held sooner if the state election commission and the government were ready.

In an affidavit filed on behalf of the state election commissioner, the court was notified that electoral roll revision and publication for the district council poll results would be completed by January 15.

On March 26, 2020, the state government deferred the general elections to the district council ‘indefinitely’. The tenure of the previous council expired on May 17. Tribal Welfare Director N Darlong issued a notification saying that the government had decided to defer the ADC polls for an ‘indefinite period’ in view of the grim Covid situation at the time.