Bharatiya Janata Party is making unprecedented claims of winning elections in North Eastern state of Tripura – a Left citadel being ruled by CPI(M) Manik Sarkar for the past 25 years. The state, likely to go to polls in February, has seen a number of leaders turning to BJP. Currently, BJP has seven legislative assembly members here – six of them defected from TMC. Also in December, Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath and president of Tripura unit of Pradesh Mohila Congress Himani Debbarm joined BJP. Ram Madhav, General Secretary of the BJP, inducted Nath into the party by handing over the saffron flag. Also, 1,000 people from 350 families from West Tripura district became BJP volunteers in presence of state party chief Biplab Kumar Deb.
Still, with BJP doing so much to achieve its electoral aspirations in the state, CPI (M) chief Sitaram Yechury has said the saffron party is set to lose in the state. “Tripura will be the BJP’s Waterloo,” he recently said. He added that BJP is claiming “an unchallenged victory in the state” which will result in their “Waterloo.” Yechury said CPI(M) is for a battle against BJP. “It is a battle against communal polarization,” Yechury said.
Earlier, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had accused BJP of indulging in the ethnic and communal polarisation of the state. “The BJP is trying to portray the state in a bad light and making baseless demands.”
On the other hand, Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav recently said Tripura would soon become 20th BJP-ruled state in the country. “Tripura would be the 20th state in the country to be ruled by the BJP because the majority of people in the state were dreaming of a BJP government,” Madhav said. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and Assam finance minister, said that nobody can stop BJP from forming the government in Tripura.
“People have become euphoric of forming BJP government. I am sensing that our party would sweep in the state and it would be even difficult for CPM to win in 10 seats in the 60-member House,” Sarma recently said in his speech.
Nath, the recent entry to BJP, accused Sarkar of corruption. “The Tripura government, headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, has become the applied centre of corruption, and Sarkar is the main abettor,” Nath said in his speech.
While BJP chief Amit Shah has said people of the state are desperately looking for a change and want development, which can be delivered only by a BJP government. “The situation in Tripura has gone from bad to worse in the last 25 years of Communist misrule. The Communists have unleashed poverty and unemployment, whenever and wherever they are in power. The people of the state are desperately looking for a change and want development, which can be delivered only by a BJP government,” Shah, who recently addressed two rallies at Ambassa and Udaipur said.