Opposition Leader and Former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar not to contest Tripura assembly election.
On Wednesday, main opposition CPIM announced the candidate for 43 seats and kept 13 seats reserved for Congress.
While addressing a press conference, Left Front Convener Narayan Kar said, “We came under the same banner to oust BJP from power and throw the party from the state. We have appealed to all the secular and anti-BJP democratic forces to come together in a move to oust the party”.
Kar added that several veteran leaders of CPIM like Bhanu Lal Saha, former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Badal Chowdhury, Sahid Chowdhury, Tapan Chakraborty, Mabasar Ali and Jashbir Tripura relieved this time.
Kar further said that the party has introduced 24 fresh faces in this election who will contest for the first time.
Further, CPI will contest in 1 seat, Forward Bloc in 1, RSP in 1 and 1 candidate will contest as an independent candidate.
Four-time former chief minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar, will not contest the upcoming assembly election.
CPIM state committee secretary will contest from the 40-Sabroom Constituency
Notably, Kousik Chanda will contest from the Dhanpur constituency, which was the home assembly constituency of former CM Manik Sarkar.
The Left Front’s list of candidates issued on Wednesday states that Sarkar and its seven other sitting MLAs “have been relieved this time”.
Biggest face of the Left parties in Tripura, four-time Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, will not contest the assembly election of Tripura.
Former West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu stepped down from contesting elections at the age of 85 in 2006, Sarkar is only in his early 70s and seems to be retiring from electoral politics.