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Road blockade for attack on AMC councilor

Agartala, Sept 6, 2019: Te unprovoked attack on CPM senior scheduled caste community leader and nominated councillor of Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), Bipad Bandhu Rishi Das united people cutting across political affiliations for the first time in the past eigteen months of BJP-IPFT rule ,  and came out on streets in strong protest against the mindlessly violent attack.

Te protesters conducted road blockade programme in the Aralia Panchabati market on the bank of river Howrah from morning demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants and culprits involved in the unprovoked attack on Bipad Bandh Rishi Das . Shortly thereafter a large police contingent arrived on the spot and convinced the crowd that they would take drastic action as per law without any extraneous consideration and requested the crowd to withdraw the road blockade programme.  Later the protestors withdrew the road blockade telling the police that unless the police took action as promised they would resume the blockage programme soon.

According to police sources, Bipad Bandhu Rishi Das who is a former elected councillor of AMC and incumbent nominated member besides being a senior leader of CPI (M)'s West district committee and Scheduled Caste Co-ordination Committee, had been coming back home through Panchabati market on a motor bike with his daughter on the back from her tutor's house around 9-45 in the night. Suddenly a gang of BJP's 'Yuba Morcha' workers  dancing in the Panchabati market in inebriated condition stopped Bipad Bandhu's motor bike. They started beating up Bipad Bandhu in front of his daughter and other people and seriously injured him . 

The local people shifted him to trauma centre of GBP hospital where he had undergo CT-Scan and four stitches on his battered head besides a large number of bruises on his body. Even in the night CPI (M) MLAs and leaders of party's Scheduled Caste Co-ordination Committee , Sudhan Das and Ratan Bhowmik rushed to the GBP hospital and took care of Bipad Bandhu's treatment. He is reportedly out of danger but the unprovoked attack on Bipad Bandhu and its aftermath have left a bitter taste in the entire Aralia and Pratapgarh area. The CPI (M) MLAs Sudhan Das and Ratan Bhowmik condemned the attack on Bipad Bandhu and demanded immediate arrest of culprits involved in the attack on their party's AMC councillor. 

Assembly passes ESMA amid opposition

Agartala, Sept 4,2019 ( Agency News): Amid opposition from CPI (M) and subsequent walk out , Tripura assembly on Tuesday  passed Essential Services Maintenance Bill 2019. The ruling BJP MLA and former health minister Sudip Roybarman had proposed to send the bill to select committee raising some technical issues, but Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb turned down the request.

The bill was introduced on the first day of the monsoon session on Friday and the Opposition staged a protest and finally walked out of the House terming it as a draconian law. Opposing the bill, Leader of the Opposition and Politburo member Manik Sarkar argued that Tripura's present situation doesn't warrant ESMA. '' This will snatch away the democratic rights of the people involved in service sectors to protest to protect their interest.

The state has not faced any such situation till date to pass ESMA like draconian law. By and large the employees of Tripura are positive and also work for the development of the state and if ESMA is passed it will create a bad impact,” said Mr Sarkar. Justifying the decision, Mr Deb asserted that the state government is not against any employee but the Parliament had passed the Act to ensure confidence among the common people and said, “It will affect only those who work against the government and the people.”

'' The law is mainly to act as a deterrent to ensure that there is no disruption of essential services including public transport, health services, water and power supply and sale of essential commodity. Most of the Indian states are having the law under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) 1968. It would not be implemented in normal situation. It would be used as a last resort for the government in case of extraordinary situation,'' he stated.

As per the act in Tripura any person booked under the act would be punished with imprisonment for three years or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both considering the situation. The bill also provides for designated police officer to arrest a person continuing to participate in service disruption activities without warrant. All offences under ESMA are non-bailable and the person cannot take recourse to any other act.


Jampui Mizo Convention calls off Sept 4th bandh

Agartala, Sept 3,2019: Jampui Mizo Convention (MC) agreed to put its September 4th bandh on temporary suspension after the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb offered bilateral talk on the issue  of the MC's 40 year long demand of Jampui Hill Autonomous Regional Council.  The  CM also agreed to attend to the Convention's demand of immediate repair of the hill road connectivity.

The bilateral talk is expected to take place at the Secretariat at any date between 4-6 September after the conclusion of the current session of the State Assembly. "The  people of Jampui Hill are happy with the government's unconditional offer of talk, they accept it and are willing to try to test the seriousness of the government on the issue", states Dr Zairemthiama Pachuau, General Secretary of Mizo Convention. "We expect the talk will be open, frank, cordial, and productive  to the extent of establishing a concrete groundwork for future course of action towards the creation of Regional Council in the Hill".


Badharghat by-poll: BJP candidate Mimi Majumder suffers minor injury

Agartala, Sept 3,2019:Mimi Majumder, who was declared as BJP candidate yesterday for Badharghat (SC) assembly constituency, this morning suffered a minor injury on the right hand when a water carrier truck of state police collided with her personal vehicle on the Stadium road south of Agartala TV station. She was at once taken to hospital by her relatives and local BJP workers, but the doctors in hospital said that she has suffered minor injury on the right hand and scratches on her skin. Mimi was released after the first aid with a prescription. She is now ok and preparing to file her nomination papers for the by-poll tomorrow.

Mimi Majumder, teacher of Badharghat higher secondary school name was declared by BJP's central election committee in Delhi for the prestigious bye-election on Monday night setting all speculations on the ruling party's candidature.

Although Mousumi Das, Manik Lal Das and Rabindra Das were on the race for the party ticket, Mimi turned around the table and appeared victorious in the first leg of the bye-elections.

On the other hand, the CPI(M) has fielded Bulti Biswas as Left Front nominee  and Congress fielded Ratan Das for the bye-election. The bye-election is slated to be held on September 23 while last date for filing of nomination papers would be expired on September 4.

Badharghat by-poll: Ratan Das re-nominated as Congress candidate

Agartala, Sept 2, 2019: Pradesh Congress also declared the name of their party candidate for the by-polls of 14-Badharghat (SC) reserved assembly constituency, on Monday afternoon. This was informed by  a press communiqué which  said that local leader and a veteran leader of the party SC front, Ratan Das will contest in the by-election as Congress candidate.

"The Congress president Smt. Sonia Gandhi has approved the candidature of Ratan Das as Congress candidate for the ensuing by-election", said AICC press release signed by Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik. Das also contested the 2018 assembly elections as part candidate from same constituency.

Earlier, Left Front declared the name of Bulti Biswas  who was elected as Councilor of Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) from Ward No-36 (Camper Bazar-Gunjaria) in the year 2015 and is currently a Mayor-in-Council in AMC as LF candidate for 14-Badharghat assembly constituency, where by-election slated to come off on September 23 next. 


Badharghat by – election: LF candidate starts door to door campaign

Agartala, Sept 1,2019: Left Front candidate for Badharghat assembly constituency by- election, Bulti Biswas has started her  door to door election campaign. After Election Commission declared the by – election schedule. CPM nominated Bulti Biswas as Left Front candidate,who   is sitting member of Agartala Municipal Corporation.

Meanwhile, ruling BJP party and Congress yet to declare its candidate for the by – election schedule to held on September 23. According to report their are resentments among party workers regarding selection of BJP candidate due to  multiple contenders.

It is mentionable ere tat te election the Election Commission recently declared by-election schedule for Badharghat Assembly elections of West Tripura along with three more Assembly constituencies- Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, Pala in Kerala and Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh.The by-election in all four Assembly constituencies would be held on September 23 while counting would be taken place on September 27.

An official notification for the by-election would be notified on August 28 commencing filing of nomination papers of prospective candidate.

The last date for filing of nomination paper is scheduled for September 4 while scrutiny would be done on the following day and last date for withdrawal would be on September 7.

The by-elections would be held on the electoral rolls with base year 01-01-2019. The model code of conduct would come into effect only in by-poll bound areas from August 28.

The by-election to Badhargaht Assembly constituency has become necessity following the death of Dilip Sarkar, who contested the 2018 Assembly election on BJP ticket.