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Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman, the former president of the Tripura unit of the Congress, resigned from the party on Tuesday
Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman, the former president of the Tripura unit of the Congress, resigned from the party on Tuesday|File image
TRIPURA

Pradyot refuses to join BJP, claims Amit Shah wanted him in party

Prior to 2018 assembly polls, I had received proposals from the saffron party’s high command, even from its president, claims the former Tripura Cong president

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Pradyot Kishore Manikya DebBarman, the former president of Tripura Congress, who tendered his resignation from the primary membership of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) recently, announced that he is not interested to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as speculated by many.

“Prior to the 2018 assembly election, I had received proposals from the BJP high command, even from the then BJP chief Amit Shah. But I was never interested in joining the BJP,” DebBarman said while addressing media persons on Saturday.

DebBarman said that he was under pressure to withdraw his petition on National Register of Citizens (NRC), which he had filed with the Supreme Court in October last year, and he was also asked to withdraw his demand for implementation of Article 244 (A) in the Autonomous District Council (ADC).

“Former AICC president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Khumulwng in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) for a poll campaign had promised to keep a stand against the CAB and demand for the implementation of NRC. But, now, since he is not the president of the party, the stand of the senior high command has changed,” he alleged.

He also said that he has worked for the development of the people across the state, especially for the people living in the ADC.

Now, after 18 years of active politics with the Congress party, I had to step down from the position in the AICC to keep the promise which I had made to the people of the state, he regretted.

DebBarman also claimed that he wanted to introduce youths, females and new faces in the Congress party, which the senior leaders of the AICC opposed.

“They didn’t want to allow new faces to enter into the party. They are afraid to lose their hold from the party. The same old faces have been in the party for over 20 to 25 years. But, they have failed to do anything for the party,” DebBarman asserted.

He also said that he was never interested in money-making politics, rather he has spent over Rs 50 lakh from his own pocket for the development of the party.

Earlier on Tuesday, DebBarman resigned from the primary membership of the party after differences with the high command and the announcement was made just after his meeting with Congress working president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.