BJP inducts six axed Trinamool MLAs in Tripura, says will win all 60 seats in 2018
BJP already has governments in Arunachal Pradesh (on its own), in Assam and Manipur (in coalition with regional parties), and in Nagaland (as a partner of Naga People’s Front), and is now eyeing Tripura to extend its political presence in the Northeast.india Updated: Aug 07, 2017 22:13 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday inducted six axed Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislators in Tripura and expressed confidence that it would win all 60 seats in the state in 2018 to end the dominance of communists.
Union minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, welcomed the six MLAs — Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Saha, Diba Chandra Hrankhawl, Pranajit Singha Roy, Biswabandhu Sen and Dilip Sarkar — to the BJP at a programme in Agartala.
TMC axed the six MLAs, who had in June 2016 crossed over from the Congress, for anti-party activities after they decided to vote for Ram Nath Kovind, then the NDA’s nominee for President.
Pradhan said, “In Tripura, the Left government only campaigns about golden era, but does nothing to develop the socio-economic condition of the people.”
BJP already has governments in Arunachal Pradesh (on its own), in Assam and Manipur (in coalition with regional parties), and in Nagaland (as a partner of Naga People’s Front), and is now eyeing Tripura to extend its political presence in the Northeast.
During the BJP’s three-year rule at the Centre, more than 40 central ministers have visited Tripura.
BJP’s Tripura observer, Sunil Deodhar, said, “We have entered Tripura assembly with six MLAs now. The next year, we will dominate in all the 60 seats in the assembly polls.”
After joining the BJP, Barman pledged to work to make the party stronger in the state to oust the Left government headed by a coalition led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) along with other Left parties.
“We opposed (West Bengal chief minister) Mamata Banerjee’s party (TMC) because we could not support any ideology that has link with the CPM. We found it was impossible to fight the CPM while being in the TMC,” said Barman.
Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar of the CPM has been in power uninterrupted since 1998.
First Published: Aug 07, 2017 21:16 IST