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Sarkar blames money power, media onslaught

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, March 5 - Outgoing Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has blamed the �unimaginable money power�� and �continuous onslaught of media�� as the reasons behind the party�s debacle in the just-concluded Assembly polls in the state.

The poll result was �unexpected� and people of the state and the country have noticed how the BJP used its all-out effort to oust the Left Front government, Sarkar said in an interview to Ganashakti, the party�s mouthpiece in West Bengal, on Sunday.

The Centre, he said, had in fact created an �economic blockade� against the government by reducing Central allocations in MGNREGA and housing schemes, among others.

In the interview, which was also published in the CPI-M mouthpiece Daily Desherkatha here today, Sarkar, also a CPI-M Politburo member, said, �The Left parties had fought the elections with all their might and the people were their main force to fight against the unimaginable money power and continuous onslaught of media��.

He said that the CPI-M would review the causes of its debacle in the just-concluded elections after all the information are made available. � PTI

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