Senior leaders of Tripura Congress after resigning from the party; they are likely to to form an independent party Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: A day after its president Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman announced his resignation from the party, nine senior leaders of the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), including two general secretaries and one vice-president, put in their papers on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference at Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala, Dinesh Debbarma said that the PCC president was forced to resign from the party for his stand on NRC and not compromising with the other senior leaders of the PCC.

“Today, we have also resigned from the Congress party and soon a number of leaders would join us and leave all the posts in the Congress protesting against the conspiracy made against the PCC president. We will form an independent party to protect the interests of the people in the state and fight for the rights of our people,” Debbarma said.

Congress had just 1.5% of vote share in the 2018 state assembly elections and soon after DebBarman took charge as the PCC president on February 25 last, the party received massive response and also got over 30% of vote share in the last Lok Sabha elections, emerging as the second largest party of the state, Debbarma said.

The party leaders present in the press conference also alleged that the party was suffering from good leadership and unity among them which is why the PCC president was forced to quit from the party.

“AICC general secretary Luizinho Felerio, who is given the charge of the northeastern secretary, has failed in doing anything for Congress in this region and due to his corrupt nature and activities will never allow Congress to form its base in this region again,” vice-president of TPCC Sridam Debbarma said.

DebBarman had tendered his resignation to the AICC on September 16. Later, on September 18, the royal scion met with AICC working president Sonia Gandhi to confirm his resignation from the party.

However, the AICC had requested him not to disclose his resignation from the party before the by-elections in the Badharghat assembly seats.

Earlier he had said, “I had resigned from the party because the high command wanted me to compromise with a section of leaders in the PCC, but I denied in doing so,” DebBarman said.

“Senior leaders of the AICC had asked me to withdraw my National Register of Citizens (NRC) petition from the Supreme Court, which I had filed long before becoming the PCC president,” DebBarman added.

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