Senior CPI-M leaders holding a press conference after meeting CM Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: A four-member delegation of the Communist Party of India-(Marxist) met Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday demanding security for the party’s offices in the state.

The CPI-M accused the BJP of displacing 7,000 CPI-M workers, who had had to leave their homes since assembly election results were announced on March 3 this year.

The delegation comprising deputy leader Badal Chowdhury, MLA Tapan Chakraborty, MP Jitendra Chaudhury and former minister Manik Dey also urged the CM to allow them to built party offices on jote (legal) land.

After the meeting the CM, CPI-M leader Chowdhury said: “Currently, we have only two civil security men, and it is difficult for us to go out for party work.”

Accusing the BJP of orchestrating vandalism, Chowdhury said that the saffron party workers forcefully closed 94 CPI-M party offices across the state since March 3 this year. “Whenever we try to reopen the offices, BJP members threaten and attack our workers,” he added.

Narrating a narrow escape, MP Jitendra Chaudhury said, “My last meeting at Ambassa party office in Dhalai district was forcefully stopped by BJP goons and I was threatened to leave the place.” The veteran communist leader further added, “The BJP goons also chased the SDM who came to contain the situation.”

CPI-M MLA Badal Chowdhury has not been able to go to his constituency Belonia in South Tripura district as his supporters were brutally attacked by miscreants when he went there to collect donations for the Kerala floods.

The delegation added, “We urge the CM as well as the president of ruling party to take substantial measures so that the youths can go back home.”

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