For the first time in Tripura, religious groups acted against the
Left parties in the Feb 14 assembly polls, CPI-M leaders claimed
here Wednesday after the party's two-day election review meeting.
"Some religious organisations, including Christian groups, RSS (Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh) and Hindu missionaries have campaigned against
the Left parties during the election," Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretary Bijon Dhar told reporters.
"Such trends of using religion in elections are dangerous for the
country as well as for the state. These have happened for the
first time in Tripura," he said.
Senior CPI-M leader and editor of party mouthpiece "Daily Desher
Katha" Gautam Das said: "Outlawed militant outfits were also
active in three subs-divisions - Kanchanpur, Longtharai Valley and
Gandachara - all in northern Tripura, before and during the
elections. But due to the alertness of the people and security
forces, they could not do anything violent."
The CPI-M held a two-day summit here Sunday and Monday, and
analysed the party's performance and other aspects in the Feb 14
polls to the 60-seat Tripura assembly.
In the elections, the CPI-M led Left Front won power for the
seventh time, entering office for a fifth consecutive term after
securing a landslide victory, winning 50 of the 60 seats in the
The Congress managed only 10 seats.
"We are not satisfied with these results. Despite our massive
developmental drive, job opportunities and pro-people steps, our
seats did not increase as expected. We should have secured four to
five more seats," Dhar said.
He said that some internal party sabotage may have caused loss of
"The party has instituted a commission to probe these sabotages,
and two party leaders were suspended for three months for these
reasons," he said.
Offering details of the party's internal poll analysis, Dhar said
that the Left Front has managed to increase its vote share,
compared to the 2008 assembly elections. He said the vote
percentage has increased by 1.14 percent, and altogether 1,89,593
more people has voted this year, compared to the votes cast five
"Compared to male voters, two percent more women have cast their
votes in favour of the Left parties' candidates," the CPI-M
Tripura unit chief said.
He said that during the elections, the Congress showed poor
results in areas where Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi
"The people of Tripura have straight away rejected Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi's appeal to oust the Left and instead voted
tremendously for the Left Front the fifth time in a row," the Left