People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 10

March 10, 2013




Seventh Left Front Govt Sworn-in


 THE Left Front in Tripura wrote a new chapter in its history on March 6 as the seventh Left Front government was sworn-in at a simple function at the Rajbhavan in Agartala. Manik Sarkar took the oath of office and secrecy as the chief minister for a fourth consecutive term. Eleven other cabinet ministers were also administered oath by the governor Dr DY Patil in the presence of an impressive and enthusiastic gathering. The swearing-in ceremony started at 3.30 pm sharp and concluded at 4 pm. This was followed by a tea party. Later the new cabinet made its entry at the civil secretariat. Here they were given a formal reception by the staff of the secretariat. 


In addition to Manik Sarkar, the eleven ministers who took oath on March 6 were Aghor Debbarma, Badal Choudhury, Tapan Chakraborty, Manik Dey, Jitendra Choudhury, Khagendra Jamatia, Manindra Reang, Bijita Nath, Shahid Choudhury, Bhanulal Saha and Ratan Bhowmik. The last two are the new faces in the cabinet. Manik Sarkar and Jitendra Choudhury took oath in English, Aghor Debbarma and Khagendra Jamatia took oath in Kokborok and the rest in Bengali.


The function was attended by CPI(M) Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury and Surjyakanta Misra, CPI(M) Assam state secretary Uddhab Barman, Left Front convenor Khagen Das, CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar and other CPI(M) and Left Front leaders. The Congress party showing utter disrespect to the democratic norms skipped the ceremony on flimsy grounds of post election violence. 


Later talking to the reporters, Manik Sarkar said, “ The huge success of the Left Front has come with a greater responsibility which we shall have to fulfill. We have miles to go. Active co operation from people is a pre-requisite for this. There will be no barrier between the people and the government.” On the impact of the electoral outcome on national political scenario, he said, “We have been projecting an alternative set of policies opposed to the neo-liberal policies of centre. We would appeal to the masses to follow the path of these alternative policies.”

(Rahul Sinha)