Agartala, March 24 -- In a bid to ensure transfer of votes on the ground, CPI-M's Tripura unit secretary Jitendra Chaudhury visited traditional foe-turned-ally Congress's state headquarters for the first time on Saturday evening and held a meeting with its leaders.

To political observers, Chowdhury's visit to Congress Bhawan appeared as a survival strategy of the state's erstwhile long-term rulers Marxists after a series of poll reverses since they lost power in the Tripura Assembly polls in 2018.

The CPI-M and Congress have been fighting unitedly against the ruling BJP since last year's assembly elections, with the ties only deepening in the run up to the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

While Congress has put up its state president Ashis Kuma...