AGARTALA, May 6 � As expected, the CPM-led Left Front registered yet another massive win by bagging all the 28 seats of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
Of the total polled votes, the ruling Left Front has secured around 54 per cent votes in the elections to the tribal council, official sources confirmed here on Wednesday. However, vote share of the Left Front has been reduced by eleven per cent setting an alarm bell in the party. In the last election to TTAADC, the ruling front had secured 65 per cent while it has gone down to 54 percent this time.
Interestingly, the main opposition � Congress put up a dismal show to draw a blank. It received only four-five per cent votes.
The Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which had contested the election on one point demand � separate State status for TTAADC (Twipraland), made a splendid show by finishing second in 17 constituencies while Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) came second to Left Front in seven constituencies. The BJP also appeared as a gainer in the tribal council elections as it secured second spot in five seats.
Speaking to media at CPM headquarters here, party secretary Bijan Dhar congratulated the electors for giving a massive mandate in favour of the Left Front.
�The mandate is in favour of peace, prosperity and anti-Twipraland. This win will certainly carry a message to the national level�, he said adding that Left victory is a befitting reply to those who had tried to create trouble before the election. Virtually voicing concern over the growing influence of IPFT and BJP in the State�s tribal belts, Dhar said the tribal-based party had tried to influence the voters by raising secessionist demand.
�The BJP, which has communal agenda in mind, has been trying to enhance its base in some specific tribal belts. The CPM has to resist their sinister design in the days to come�, he said.