CPI-M fumes at denial of site in Agartala for rally

Agartala, Jan 28 (IANS) Tripura’s ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday hit out at the union home ministry for its refusal to let them hold a party rally at the Assam Rifles ground here, terming its reasons as “false excuses”.

The proposed rally, to be addressed by CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat, Tripura Chief Minister and politburo member Manik Sarkar, and central committee members Bijon Dhar and Aghore Debbarma, will now be held at another ground Sunday.
“Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, in a letter to CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury, said the Assam Rifles ground has never been used to hold public gatherings. Hence, the CPI-M public rally has been disallowed,” CPI-M leader Gautam Das told reporters quoting Chidambaram’s letter.
“The home minister’s claim is totally false, impermissible and unparliamentary act. Fomer prime ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and H.D. Devegowda, communist leaders Jyoti Basu, E.M.S. Namboodiripad and H.S. Surjeet had addressed several rallies in this ground.”
“Chidambaram, in his letter, gave another bogus information saying that there are other 13 grounds in the capital city bigger than Assam Rifles ground,” said Das, also the editor of CPI-M mouthpiece “Daily Desher Katha”.

The CPI-M had sought permission of the union home ministry to hold a big public rally at the Assam Rifles ground here Sunday.
The public gathering with the assembly of 80,000 people across the Left-ruled state was planned ahead of the CPI-M’s four-day state conference beginning Sunday.