No report on president’s rule in Tripura: Governor’s aide


Agartala : Tripura Governor D.Y.Patil did not send any report to the central government recommending president’s rule in the state, an official said here Thursday, terming the reports “baseless”

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“A section of the media has been reporting that the governor has sent a report to the central government recommending president’s rule in the state. The media reports are totally concocted, fabricated and baseless, as no such report has been sent to the union home ministry by the governor,” a Raj Bhavan official told reporters.

In the wake of recent political violence, the Congress, the state’s main opposition, has been demanding dismissal of the Left Front government and promulgation of president’s rule in the state, alleging a “breakdown in the law and order situation”.

Congress general secretary and Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim in-charge Luizinho Faleiro asked the governor to take serious note of the situation and send a special report recommending dismissal of “this corrupt and undemocratic government in Tripura”.

“I call upon the central government to take urgent steps to restore the civil rights, liberties and guarantees of freedom from fear to the people of Tripura who are undergoing untold miseries at the hands of the fascist regime in the state,” said Faleiro, former Goa chief minister, in a statement.

A three-member party team led by union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik visited the state Wednesday to assess the situation. They also met the governor and apprised him of the situation.

“We would submit a detail report of the Tripura situation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take appropriate measures,” Wasnik told reporters.

Senior Congress leaders led by Tripura unit chief Surajit Datta also met the governor and demanded dismissal of Left Front government and promulgation of president’s rule in Tripura.

A 21-year-old youth was killed and 111 people, including 28 policemen, injured in Agartala Sunday and Monday in a series of clashes between the police and Congress workers, who were alleging that the state adopted prejudiced policies towards the state’s medical students and protesting police baton-charge on party activists during the protests.

The Tripura government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into these clashes.

The government has also removed an officer-in-charge of a police station for alleged access on the protesting Congress workers and journalists.

At least 11 journalists and west Tripura district police chief Anis Prasad and his deputy was also injured in these clashes.