Agartala, Jan. 25: All 49 Congress candidates for Assembly polls, initially short-listed by the party's central election committee, filed their nominations today though the official list is yet be released by the high command.
Ten candidates of the INPT and one NCT candidate, who are Congress allies, too, filed their nominations for the February 14 polls. The filing of nominations took on a festive note with processions of party workers dancing to beats of drums.
PCC president Sudip Roy Barman, flanked by NCT general secretary Animesh Debbarma and the Congress's Scheduled Tribes cell chief Debabrato Koloi, today said the party had patched up with NCT and it has been the Ramchandra Ghat (ST) seat as part of the alliance. The move would also serve to unite the ST cell workers to work for the "parent party", Barman said.
He appealed to voters to vote for the Congress in the election and thanked both Debbarma and Koloi for taking the "right decision at the right time".
He also conveyed his thanks to Trinamul Congress president Mamata Banerjee for not putting up candidates. "She has taken a very wise decision which will strengthen anti-Left forces," Barman said. He said AICC president Sonia Gandhi had given her seal of approval to the list of nominations.
"Everything is final. We have to only decide whether to allot the Kanchanpur seat to the INPT, though our nominee Sevika Rang has filed papers," said Barman.
He said the ailing Intuc leader Dipak Roy who had been nominated for Kamalasagar Assembly constituency was well now and had filed papers.
Roy had suffered a massive heart attack after nomination and undergone treatment in Guwahati. He subsequently underwent a bypass surgery in Bangalore. The PCC president said AICC general secretary Luizinho Falerio will arrive here on Sunday and release the party's manifesto for the Assembly polls.
Yesterday, 58 out of the 60 Left Front's candidates, including chief minister Manik Sarkar, finance minister Badal Chowdhury, tribal welfare minister Aghore Debbarma, forest and rural development minister Jiten Chowdhury filed papers with the returning officers in their respective constituencies.
On the other hand, the Congress suffered a minor setback as state Youth Congress president Sushanta Chowdhury, tipped for nomination from a constituency in Agartala, dissociated himself from the race.
After it became clear that despite best efforts he could not be accommodated in the nomination list, Chowdhury made a statement declaring his intention not to enter the fray but work for party in the upcoming polls. "I have decided to stay away from the contest and to campaign for the party."