AGARTALA, Sept 26 - Senior Congress leader Subal Bhowmick today alleged that Pradyot Kishore Debbarman, who has resigned from the post of the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president, had been hobnobbing with the BJP to form a new party in the State to help them.
Addressing a press conference at the Congress Bhavan here, Bhowmick said Debbarman resigned from the party post after reaching a mutual understanding with the BJP central leadership in Delhi. The decision to quit was taken after prolonged hobnobbing with the leaders of the saffron party, he claimed.
Debbarman had on Tuesday made public his resignation from the post of the TPCC president, accusing the Congress high command of pressuring him to accommodate �corrupt people�.
�Pradyot and his mother Bibhu Kumari Debi met BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently in Delhi. Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had arranged the meeting,� Bhowmick said.
Bibhu Kumari Devi had served as the Revenue Minister in the Congress Government in Tripura from 1988 to 1993.
Bhowmick claimed the decision to form a new party was taken in a meeting held at the house of TPCC leader Ananta Debbarma on September 12 last and Debbarman was behind the scenes though he did not join the meeting.
�But another meeting was held on September 14 at the residence of Pradyot Kishore Debbarman, where it was decided that a new regional party would be formed under the leadership of Pradyot Kishore. The meeting was attended by many leaders of the indigenous community of the State,� Bhowmick told reporters.
Meanwhile, Debbarman, also the royal scion of the State, has denied the allegation. � PTI