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Agartala: A day after tending his resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress, former Tripura Congress chief Pijush Kanti Biswas on Thursday floated his own political party – Tripura Democratic Front (TDF) – in Agartala.

Speaking with reporters, Biswas said after many years of association with the Congress, starting from his student days in 1969, he was compelled to leave the party due to “ignorance and groupism” in the grand old party.

“I have been a loyal worker for all my life, but what we have seen for the last 28 years is that the AICC has neglected the requests of the Congress leaders in Tripura. I have realised that by being in the Congress, we cannot work for the people,” Biswas added.

The launch event of the TDF was also attended by former MLA Tapas Dey, who quit the Congress on Wednesday after 58 years of association over differences with the party leaders.

Hundreds of supporters and leaders from the Congress party joined the newly-formed TDF at the Agartala Press Club premises.

Pujan Biswas, former Youth Congress president and son of Pijush Kanti Biswas, was named the president of the party, while the executive committee would be announced shortly.

This development came in the wake of the reappointment of Birajit Sinha as Tripura Pradesh Congress president. Soon after Sinha was given the charge of the Congress with a committee of his choice, internecine squabble reared its head driving many senior leaders to quit the party.

Political observers thought this would be an added advantage for the Trinamool Congress but things turned around unexpectedly as Biswas and his loyalists floated their own political party. 

However, this move is seen as an immature attempt because any split in the opposition vote share at this crucial stage, when the polls are just one and half years, would in turn help the ruling BJP. 

The state’s Congress leadership blamed Biswas of compromising with his loyalty to the party at the instance of his son’s political future.

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