Elections 2018: For Tripura, Congress, BJP sing in chorus against Manik Sarkar-led Left rule

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Noida | Updated: February 14, 2018 7:43:02 PM

Elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: The poll heat and drama are growing intense in Assembly election-bound states of Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Karnataka as well as in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming byelections.

manik sarkar tripura rallyAssembly elections 2018 LIVE: Scene from an election rally of Tripura CM Manik Sarkar. (PTI)

Elections 2018 LIVE UPDATES: The poll heat and drama are growing intense in Assembly election-bound states of Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Karnataka as well as in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming byelections. In Bihar, JD(U) has decided not to field candidates for the bypoll seats, while the ‘grand alliance’ partners Congress and RJD are bickering over seat sharing. In Tripura, incumbent chief minister Manik Sarkar is facing a peculiar challenge. Both BJP and Congress have fielded two women candidates, who claim to have a “fair” chance of defeating Sarkar, according to Hindustan Times. There is also a fourth candidate, Jahiruddin of TMC, in fray from Sarkar’s home constituency of Dhanpur. The BJP and CPM candidates are Pratima Bhowmik and Lakshmi Nag respectively.

Interestingly, Bhowmik is contesting against Sarka for the second time after 1998, when Sarkar had become the CM for the first time. Some more interesting developments are taking place in other poll-bound regions.

Check LIVE UPDATES of Assembly election campaigns in Tripura, Karnataka, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and bypolls in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

5.50 pm: Tripura election 2018 – Not just BJP, ruling Left government is also facing a challenge on the ground from the Congress, which is no more the force it used to be in the state earlier. The Congress and opposition space have been filled by the BJP at least for this elections. There is also something peculiar about the upcoming elections in the state. Both Congress and BJP are attacking the Manik Sarkar government, blaming it for keeping the state backward over the years.

On Wednesday, former Maharashtra CM and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan told reporters in Agartala: “In the 25-year rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front, Tripura has become poorer and it is a backward state now. Eight lakh people of the state’s 38 lakh population are unemployed and the government has no scheme to attract investment to the state. There was no modernisation of agriculture also.”

The Congress leader, however, also attacked BJP, saying the party only “makes false promises”.

1.52 pm: Tripura election 2018 – PM Narendra Modi likely to address two election rallies in the poll-bound state again, says BJP.

1.30 pm: In Tripura, BJP alleges, “Out of every Rs 100 spent in Tripura, the Centre is giving Rs 80. The Manik Sarkar government is unable to spend central money properly. Central funds should be spent on people’s welfare and not for raising the red flag.”

12.53 pm –  Tripura election 2018 – In Tripura, the biggest question on the minds of political obsevors is: Can the BJP defeat Left government in the state? The suddent surge of BJP’s rise in the state is apparently giving jitters to the ruling CPI(M). The Manik Sarkar government is facing in challenge not just from BJP, but also from Congress and the TMC.

12.40 pm – Karnataka election 2018 – Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday lashed out at the BJP and Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh. He said the RSS was trying to “capture” every institution since Modi government came to power in 2014. “In every single Ministry in India, at the national level there is an OSD from RSS working with the Minister…In every Ministry in India there is a man from RSS who works with the Minister. The Minister is not operating on his own,” he said.

12.12 pm: Writing on Twitter, Jignesh Mevani also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, “Many people have told me ‘I Love You’. Has anyone told Modi Ji ‘I love you’? I doubt, what say? Happy Valentine’s day

11.50 am: In poll season, Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani targets RSS, using viral ‘Priya Varrier wink’ ammo. “Happy Valentines Day ❤️❤️ Viral hit of ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ is the answer to RSS’s Valentines Day protest and Again Indians have proved that they like to love more than hating someone. Enjoy this beautiful video,” Mevani tweets.

11.03 am: Tripura election 2018 – CM Manik Sarkar on Tuesday accused BJP and its ally IPFT of making “concerted” efforts to create rift in society to win the elections in the state. “”Separatist forces had tried to secede Tripura from the Indian Union in the past. The demand has now changed to a separate state,” Sarkar said at an election rally at Bashpukur of Tripura.

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