Tripura BJP leader Subal Bhowmik quits party to join Congress

In a major development, Tripura BJP vice-president Subal Bhowmik quit the saffron party and is set to join the Congress, which is expected to nominate him as party candidate in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.

Mr. Bhowmik’s dramatic decision preceded his midnight meeting with PCC president Pradyot Kishore Manikya. Mr. Manikya had reportedly agreed to nominate him in to the West Tripura constituency.

“I am joining Congress today. Rahul Gandhi ji will announce my candidature from his rally at Khumulwng tomorrow,” Mr. Bhowmik told The Hindu on March 19.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address an election rally on March 20 at Khumpui Academy ground in Khumulwng, headquarters of tribal autonomous district council, near Agartala.

Mr. Bhowmik said a large number of his supporters will accompany him to the Congress Bhavan to renew his political career in the Congress. PCC general secretary Baptu Chakraborty termed Mr. Bhownik’s decision as “homecoming”.

Former MLA Subal Bhowmik, known for his organisation skill, left the Congress a few years ago following a rift with the State leadership. He had floated a regional party