The C Times, 22 June 2017, Agartala: Assam Education Health & Finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, is on a 2-day visit to Tripura to attend various programmes and meetings. He is also the convener of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) which was formed immediately after the formation of the Sarbananda Sonwal government in Assam with an aim to bring all the regional political parties of northeast under one umbrella and form a larger alliance with BJP.
After having lunch at one of his party workers home Dr. Sarma addressed a party meeting in Bishalgarh Koroimura Community Hall.
Dr. Sarma said that “ The most threatening issue in Tripura is Unemployment. The State Govt. being in power for the past 30 years is a complete failure as it could not provide employment/source of income to the people of the state. In a population of 36 l akh, as per the data of Employment Exchange Office, there is 7 lakh unemployed youths. Unofficially the number would be around 13 to 14 lakhs.’
Dr. Sarma also attended a party meeting in Rajnagar, Belonia. Pradesh President Biplab Kumar Deb and Vice President Subal Bhowmik were also present in the meeting.
Dr. Sarma will also hold a meeting with the members of the BJP core committee and chiefs of different frontal organisations (Congress/TMC). During his two-day visit, he will also attend a programme of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Bikas’ in Sepahijala District.
On Friday, Sarma will join a Swacch Bharat Mission programme at Surya Chowmuhani at 9.15 and is scheduled to meet the press at 2 pm in the party headquarters. The minister would also attend programmes on June 23 related to death anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of Jana Sangha.
In the evening, Sarma who played a key role in toppling Congress government in Assam will attend a party programme at Muktadhara Hall. After the programme, he will leave for Guwahati on Friday.
Visit of Sarma is considered statically important as some big names of Trinamool Congress are likely to join the BJP to boost the party’s campaign for the 2018 elections. Although there has been no confirmation yet, it is not unlikely that five to six MLAs of Trinamool Congress headed by Sudip Roy Barman join the BJP in presence of Sarma. “A political buzz of joining all Trinamool Congress MLAs and veteran Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath is already there but it may take a bit time”, said a senior BJP leader on condition of anonymity.