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By Tanmoy Chakraborty
Conflict within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura which broke out last year with the demand for a change in the state party leadership by some dissidents, is reportedly far from being resolved.
With the start of the new year, BJP MLA Sushanta Chowdhury, one of the rebel members of the party, resigned from the BJP state committee on January 1.
A few days ago, the rebel MLA had organised a gathering demanding the removal of the chief minister and BJP leader, Biplab Kumar Deb.
During the meeting, Chowdhury took a dig at the chief minister claiming that the government is being run by one man and, it must be stopped.
He also alleged that the members who defected from CPI-M after the 2018 Assembly Election are getting more respect and priority in the party.
"A group of state committee leaders is trying to obstruct us at every turn and it is impossible for me to work in this condition," Chowdhury said.
He announced his resignation at a press conference on Friday evening.
His resignation came a day after the state party leadership dropped Gouranga Bhowmik from the post of president of Majlishpur Mandal.
It was informed that Chowdhury and Bhowmik are very close. He was alleged of being one of the dissidents involved in "anti-party" activities.
Along with Chowdhury, he too was key in holding the public gathering a few days ago. They were allegedly involved in creating rifts between party members and engaging in anti-party activities.
Enraged by his action, the state party leadership on December 31 removed Bhowmik from the post of president of Majlishpur Mandal and, Sumit Chakraborty has been made the new mandal president in his place.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)