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Sarkar not to attend NEC meeting

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, May 25 - Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar would not join the meeting of North Eastern Council (NEC) scheduled to be held in Shillong on Thursday, party sources here said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governors and Chief Ministers of all eight Northeastern States would remain present in the meeting.

Tomorrow�s NEC meeting assumes significance keeping in mind of the Prime Minister�s presence who is expected to brief the NE States about the Act East Policy.

�The Chief Minister, who is also a Politburo member of CPI (M), will attend the party�s State Committee meeting beginning the same day. That�s why he decided not to join the NEC meeting�, said a senior party leader.

However, Governor Tathagata Roy, Industries and Commerce Minister Tapan Chakraborty and Chief Secretary Yaspal Singh would represent the State in the NEC meeting.

The CM will later leave for Delhi to attend the crucial CPI (M) Politburo meeting on May 28. The electoral debacle in West Bengal and the way forward would be top agenda when the Politburo members meet in Delhi.

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