Manik Sarkar terms Tripura defeat no less than a shocker

Last Modified Monday, 5 March 2018 (12:14 IST)
New Delhi: Outgoing Chief Minister on Sunday described the mandate in the just-concluded Assembly elections as "completely unexpected results" and maintained that the party would review the results and try to find out the factors, which led to the debacle for the CPI-M."This is a completely unexpected result.

Now, we are collecting all information from different corners of the state," Mr Sarkar told NDTV.He said without going into the details of the reasons for the outcome, "it will not be proper to draw any conclusion"."So at this point, I will not like to pass any comment," he added.

In what was billed as the first direct electoral battle between the right wing BJP and the Marxists, the CPI (M) was handed over a shocking result, wherein the party could win only 16 seats in the 60-member House.The CPI-M vote share also dropped by about five per cent and the alliance could muster two-third majority by winning 35 and eight seats, respectively.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who was in the coveted office since 1998, tendered his resignation on Sunday.The CPI-M has been in power in the tiny since 1978, barring five years from 1988 to 1993, when the Congress-led coalition had won. In 1993, the Left Front had bounced back to power again and since then, they have not looked back till the historic mandate on Saturday - that dethroned them.(UNI)