November 3, 2017 12:07:52 pm
Assam Finance Minister and Chairman of BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance, Himanta Biswa Sarma today said law and order has collapsed in Tripura under the CPI(M) and a BJP parliamentary team would be visiting the state next week to take stock of the situation. Sarma, who was here to attend a booth-level training programme of BJP activists, claimed that his party would win two-thirds majority in the upcoming Assembly elections in Tripura.
A parliamentary team of the BJP would visit different parts of the state on November 10 to take a stock of the deteriorating law and order condition, he said, adding that the panel would raise in Parliament issues of human rights violation there.
“The CPI(M) would be washed away in the state elections in February. The party is a guest here for the next few months. The BJP would secure two-thirds majority in the 60-member Assembly,” Sarma said.
The minister alleged that the state government was not taking any initiative to fill up 60,000 sanctioned posts lying vacant in various departments. The Tripura unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP, would soon launch a statewide movement demanding appointments to these posts, he said.
“The volunteers and the leaders of the BJP would also contact people across Tripura to seek their support in the upcoming elections,” the Assam finance minister said.
Asked about an alliance with non-Left tribal party Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which has been demanding a separate state for tribals, he said, “We want to bring all non-Left political forces under one umbrella to give a befitting reply to the CPI(M).
“But an electoral alliance with any party that demands a separate state is not possible.”
The IPFT had recently said that it would go it alone in the Assembly polls if the Centre did not concede to its demand of a separate tribal state comprising two-thirds of Tripura’s territory. Exuding confidence about his party’s performance in state polls, Sarma said, “Many leaders, along with their followers from the ruling CPI(M) and the Congress, would be joining the BJP before the elections. The BJP would form the government with a thumping majority,” he added.
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