Trouble in Tripura Trinamool unit: All MLAs likely to join BJP this month

Five of them have said they’ll support NDA’s candidate in Presidential polls. While this means that BJP will have a presence in Tripura for the first time, ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, party leaders said BJP has also decided to “learn from its mistakes in Bengal”.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 8:16 am
BJP, tripura, trinamool congress, west bengal, news, While this means that BJP will have a presence in Tripura for the first time, ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, party leaders said BJP has also decided to “learn from its mistakes in Bengal”.

All six Trinamool MLAs in Tripura are likely to join the BJP in the last week of July, sources have said. This, at a time, when five of them have said they’ll support NDA’s candidate in Presidential polls and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has removed Mukul Roy as TMC’s in-charge in Tripura.

Reacting to TMC legislators announcing support for NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb told The Indian Express, “This is a timely decision. Eventually, TMC MLAs have read the writing on the wall in Tripura.”

Deb refused to comment on whether this also meant that the six MLAs, who left Congress in 2016 to join TMC, would join BJP. A source, however, said they were likely to join BJP after July 22. “TMC has six MLAs in Assembly and with all of them joining BJP, there is no question of this falling under the purview of the anti-defection act,” said the source.

While this means that BJP will have a presence in Tripura for the first time, ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, party leaders said BJP has also decided to “learn from its mistakes in Bengal”.

In the past one week, CBI has issued notices to state Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Bijita Nath and questioned Left leader Gautam Das for his alleged involvement in Rose Valley chit fund scam. But, no BJP leader made any comment on these cases.

This, party leaders said, was their new strategy. Ahead of the 2016 Bengal Assembly polls, when central agencies’ probes against several TMC ministers triggered allegations of political vendetta, BJP chief Amit Shah had given the slogan of ‘Bhaag Mamata Bhaag’. But this, BJP insiders admit, backfired. Last month, Shah is learnt to have instructed party leaders to avoid personal attacks on Tripura leaders and focus on people’s issues.

A BJP leader said, “In east India, this kind of politics doesn’t bode well with people. Politicians tend to avoid personal attacks, especially against people like Manik Sarkar or Mamata Banerjee, who most people continue to believe are honest. The CPM government in Tripura pretends to be for the poor, but does nothing for them. This is what we need to focus on.”

Meanwhile, despite TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee’s announcement in Kolkata on Monday that the party will have “no relations” with the five MLAs who pledged support for Kovind, sources in TMC’s Tripura unit said they had received no letter in this regard.

“As of now, they are all TMC MLAs,” a source said. The source added that TMC MLA Dilip Sarkar, who is unwell, didn’t write to Mamata regarding the Presidential election. Hence, Chatterjee didn’t speak about him, the source said.

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    Nishant B.
    Jul 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm
    TMC must go from my bengal and tripura, Mamta di is highly inefficient in admin sector!!
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      DEBABRATA CHAUDHURI
      Jul 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm
      TMC has no base in Tripura. All these 6 MLAs were once lured by TMC from Congress. As they are doing in WB also to increase their numbers and make Congress weak. No point crying morality etc. Now. TMC is being paid back in their own coin.
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        Mohammed Eliyas
        Jul 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm
        Desh nda ke haat ake barbad hogaya is ko sudharne ke bajaye un ka saat derahe ho tum log kamino rupeeye ke liye apne maa ko bhi bechdete ho lanat hai bjp ka saat denewalon ko
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          Nishant B.
          Jul 6, 2017 at 6:50 pm
          shut up u terrorist get out of my country !!! i hate muhammad name now..
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          Sra
          Jul 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
          Mamata Benerji is very positive and poor people supporter if the country land in Bjp hand NO MP MLA will able to say anything and Amit shah will treate them like beggars for ticket. Bengal is golden today tommorrow if Bjp come it become cow dunk
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            Parth Garg
            Jul 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm
            Turncoats and weather have neither character nor principles.
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              Momtaa Banoo
              Jul 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm
              Modi babu tumm mujhsaeey shaddi karr lo, maii mulloo kii vote dilwaa dungii aurr Hinduo kii vote tohh tumm laeyy hii loggey, suhaagraat paeyy merii bhii laeyy lenaa. Mainney aaj takk sirff mulloo kaeyy hii kalaeyy apnaeyy andaar ghuswayee haii, maii aabb tumharrey gujrati kalaeyy kii bhukki huu.
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                Ram
                Jul 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                As long as political funding by industrialist did not stop, BJP will buy a leader at any cost. People did not forget that Arom Shermila was offered 36 crores for contesting against the CM. Money / Muscle power winning the current political scenario.
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                  Bhadrapati Devi
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm
                  How Irom Sharmila Chanu got Rs 36 crore? Despite your argument her vote was only 90 less than NOTA vote.
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                  cbonf
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm
                  Though 'mass defection' of all TMC MLAs will not invoke ANTI DEFECTION LAW, propriety demands BJP should ask all the 6 MLAs to resign the Assembly Membership give them ticket in the next Assembly Election.
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                    Jay
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                    Wow and you also predicted that Hillary will win and Pappu will run away to Italy.
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                      k.madhukar
                      Jul 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm
                      Pappu did run away to Italy recently
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