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As bulldozing of party offices of various political parties continues in Tripura, the Congress has alleged that the BJP-IPFT coalition government in the State has been demolishing party offices with political vendetta and without prior ‘legal’ notice.

Senior Congress leader and former State President of the party, Gopal Roy, during a press conference here on Saturday said, “The government has not served any legal notices but has only pasted eviction notices in the party offices with seven-day ultimatum and has been bulldozing our offices, which is illegal and politically-motivated.”

Roy announced that the State Congress would launch stateside protest against this move of the government on May 17 .

Roy also demanded unconditional apology from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
Meantime, Deba Ranjan Chowdhury, legal head of the State Congress said, “The District Magistrate is the authority and has judicial power. If the Cabinet also takes any decision about eviction, he should see the legal validity of it. Most of the party offices, which have been demolished, had remained in the respective places for more than 30 years. We had uninterrupted possession of the party offices and had appealed in the court but the government is not ready to wait for the decision of the court. We shall again make fresh appeal in the court and this time not only for possession but also compensation for the demolition.”
Meantime, on Sunday also at least three Congress offices were demolished in Agartala and Bishalghar.

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The State Congress has dubbed the BJP-led government’s functioning in Tripura “worse than the British rule”.

“Within two months of assuming office, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government bulldozed 60- to 70-year-old Congress offices in Agartala. We will launch a massive agitation from May 17 if the government demolished one more party office in Tripura,” State Congress President Birajit Sinha told the media here on Friday.

“The BJP’s two-month rule in Tripura is worse than the British rule in India,” he added.

Sinha also said that all political parties and their trade union bodies have the right to do politics and offices were required for the purpose.

“The government is trying to establish one-party rule in Tripura. They do not want the opposition parties to function in the state,” said Sinha.

Led by West Tripura District Magistrate Milind Dharmrao Ramteke and district police chief Ajit Pratap Singh, officials have since Monday bulldozed many offices of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Congress and other parties, alleging they were built on government land.

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