Faleiro tried to dislodge many Congress leaders in Northeast: Debbarma

Former Tripura Congress president Pradyot Manikya Debbarma has accused former Goa chief minister and Congress general secretary Luizinho Faleiro of trying to “dislodge” top Congress leaders of Northeast, including the former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma.

In his resignation letter to AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro on September 16 as president of Tripura Congress, Debbarma said, “Several of us are aware of your repeated attempts to dislodge many leaders from the Northeast, including the former CM of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma from the post of CLP leader.”

The resignation letter, which was made public on Tuesday, also mentioned how former Manipur Speaker TN Haokip was not even informed about his removal as Manipur Congress president when he was protesting at Jantar Mantar against the Citizenship Amendment Bill before the Lok Sabha elections. “The same happened when you (Faleiro) replaced Birajit Sinha and appointed me (as president of TPCC),” he said.

Debbarma said Birajit Sinha had received the news about his removal through a SMS late in the night when he was travelling with a delegation to meet Rahul Gandhi for the NECC meet at Guwahati.

Lambasting Luizinho Faleiro for hobnobbing with BJP members, and seeking advice from them in running the Congress, the former Congress leader said, “It was deeply worrying that a National general secretary of the Congress was openly interacting with members of the BJP and taking instructions from them on how to conduct day-to-day affairs.”

Alleging that many AICC leaders look at the Northeast as a “cash cow with no interest in building the party, rather just use it as a conduit for money making”, Debbarma said the AICC has also destroyed the Northeast region with one incompetent general secretary after another.

“If we in the Northeast thought CP Joshi was the reason we lost state after state, you (Luizinho Faleiro) will be known as the person who destroyed the essence of the Congress in the Northeast,” he said.

Debbarma also accused Luizinho Faleiro of misusing Congress’s election fund, especially in Sikkim. “The misuse of funds through your observer Kipa Kaha in Sikkim elections is a common knowledge,” he said, adding that it has been reported to the Congress president and the treasurer as well.

Debbarma said the Sikkim PCC president Bharat Basnet is a good hard working Congressman and almost 60 per cent of his allocated funds were never given to him for campaigning. “Despite my repeated pleas, you overlooked the mismanagement of funds and this deep rooted corruption is one the main reasons why the grand old party is stagnating in the Northeast,” he told Luizinho Faleiro.

Debbarma said he gave his life to the party, and he still hold Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in the highest regard.

He alleged that Luizinho Faleiro humiliated him in front of several senior leaders and asked him to either resign or withdraw his Supreme Court petition on the NRC. “We Tripuris are loyal people and which is also why I turned down the BJP offer of being a minister or a Rajya Sabha nomination,” he said.

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