BJP is set to taste major success in Tripura. It has been learned that six Congress MLAs, who had quit the party last year for the Trinamool Congress, are likely to join BJP, according to Indian Express report. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Sudip Roy Barman and five other MLAs had quit Congress in protest against the party’s electoral understanding with the CPI(M)-led Left Front in the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections. MLAs could join the party as early as next month, the IE report says. The development assumes political significance because if they join BJP, then for the first time the party will have a presence in 60-seated Tripura Assembly. BJP, which is seeking to expand party base in the uncharted territories, will look forward to latching on to this to stage an impressive performance in the state assembly elections slated to be held next year.
“The Trinamool has six MLAs in the Assembly, and with all of them joining the BJP, there is no question of the anti-defection law (coming into action),” a BJP leader told IE. BJP will continue nurturing the tenuous alliance of local tribal parties through the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the report says.
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Apart from this, BJP is eyeing to tap both the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), which has been demanding a separate state of Twipraland, comprising tribal areas. Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also the convener of NEDA, is likely to hold talks with the two parties for formation of an alliance with the BJP for the Assembly elections.
BJP’s steady rise will hit the prospect of the TMC which has been trying to make inroads in the state which is considered as the Left bastion. It has been learned that all was not well for the party in Tripura in the months since. “Banerjee came twice, and promised to do a lot for the party and people of Tripura. But there has been no change on the ground,” a TMC said, as per Indian Express report. In the recent bypolls to Khowai and Barjala (SC) seats, BJP had finished second on both seats. BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb said that the bypolls made it clear that since 2014, BJP is the alternative to the Left in Tripura.
March 10, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, a wave of forming BJP governments started in the North East and Tripura will be a part of it in 2018. Sonowal had termed the Tripura Government as corrupt and inefficient. He said that despite being a power surplus state, it could not woo investment. Sonowal also had alleged that the Manik Sarkar government in Tripura was involved in chit fund scams and was only interested in syphoning off public money. BJP general secretary Ram Madhab had claimed that crime rate and crimes against women in Tripura are very high and women are not safe in the state. He also had alleged that four MLAs and one minister were murdered during the Left regime.