Former Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman

Agartala: The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) on Thursday said they would file a defamation suit against former president Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman for calling all the senior Congress leaders liars, corrupt and criminals soon after resigning from the party.

Speaking at a press conference senior Congress leader Subal Bhowmik said that the party will file a case against the former PCC chief for defaming the party and raising a number of false allegations against a section of senior leaders.

“Pradyot Kishore DebBarman has resigned from the party after mutual understanding with the BJP high command in Delhi. The resignation did not come overnight, rather it was pre-planned by him and after getting a deal done between him and the ruling BJP he has resigned,” Bhowmik said.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had arranged for a meeting between the BJP high command and the BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi, where DebBarman along with his mother Bibhu Kumari Devi met him earlier.

“A meeting in the house of TPCC leader Ananta Debbarma was also held on September 12 and discussion on forming a new regional party also took place. Again on September 14 in the residence of PCC president a meeting between all the indigenous leaders was held and it was all done under Pradyot,” Bhowmik alleged.

He also said the AICC high command had asked him to withdraw his NRC petition since it was dividing the people into two communities. “A recent Delhi Abhiyaan called by him demanding article 244 (A) to be implemented in the state of Tripura was also opposed by the AICC leaders,” Bhowmik said.

Talking further, he said that DebBarman has issued a land notice to over 200 houses living in the vicinity of the palace compound for over 200 years to evict them or get a lump sum amount from them.

“The BJP government is having a hard time with their alliance partner IPFT, Pradyot will be used as the face of indigenous people’s leader and replace IPFT by forming his new regional party ahead of ADC polls,” Bhowmik said.

He also claimed that the vote share which had raised from 1.7% to 28% but due to the indiscipline in the party and individual treatment by him, the party again had a drop in the vote share in the three-tier panchayat elections.

“The resignation of the PCC chief and other leaders will not affect the party, people who are the supporters of the Congress will remain with the Congress and the next government in the state would be formed by the Congress with absolute majority,” Bhowmik added.

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