Agartala: In a major setback to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, party’s state vice-president Subal Bhowmik has quit from the saffron party. He is all set to return to Congress, which he left about five years ago.
The announcement follows Bhowmik’s meeting with state Congress president and All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman in presence of party’s secretary and Tripura in-charge Bhupen Borah.
In the ‘welcoming’ ceremony held on Tuesday, former chief minister and Congress state president Samir Ranjan Barman, AICC secretary and in-charge of Pradesh Mahila Congress SS Kim, former CLP leader Gopal Chandra Roy, former party state president Birajit Sinha and other leaders were present.
“Due to some unavoidable circumstances, I’ve been compelled to relinquish all my positions as an office-bearer of Tripura Pradesh BJP with immediate effect including that of primary membership,” Bhowmik wrote in his resignation letter.
While addressing media persons at Congress Bhawan in Agartala on Tuesday afternoon, PCC president Debbarman termed the day as ‘historic’. “Congress party is not against any ideology. I am requesting all the former Congress leaders and workers to return home. It is a temple and all would be welcomed with respect,” he added.
Bhowmik started his political career as Congress man and later joined BJP where was given the post of party’s state vice-president. “The BJP had promised before coming into power that those who have lost their near and dear ones, deprived and cheated, will definitely get justice within six months, but a year has passed, nothing has happened so far,” said Bhowmik.
Speaking about Congress, he asserted: “We are confident that INC will form the government at the Centre and the country would only remain safe in the hands of AICC president Rahul Gandhi. Internal democracy prevails only in Congress party. The workers and leaders can perform duties and activities with democratic and rights in the real sense,” Bhowmik added.