Congress to boycott Tripura chief minister

The Congress party has decided to boycott Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar over his comments on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But the CPI-M said the Congress was distorting the comments.

According to Congress leaders, Marxist leader Sarkar told a public rally that Manmohan Singh was ‘a mad person’ and his ministers were ‘corrupt’.

"Congress leaders and legislators will boycott the chief minister in all government and non-government programmes until he withdraws the comments or apologises," Congress spokesman Ashok Sinha told reporters on Sunday.

The Congress also plans legal action against Sarkar for alleging a nexus between militant groups and the party, Sinha said.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) rejected the allegation.

"People themselves will boycott the Congress in assembly elections. It is now certain that Congress leaders have links with separatist outfits," CPI-M spokesman Gautam Das said.

He said several arrested and surrendered militants had revealed the names of Congress leaders with links to rebel groups.

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