C Times, 5th July 2017, Agartala
Six former Trinamool Congress MLAs – those who had deserted Congress over a year ago – have virtually shifted to the BJP. They have made up their minds to support the NDA candidate in the Presidential elections, with the BJP claiming that by July-end they would be formally joining the party. And if that comes through, then the BJP will be making an entry to the state assembly even before the 2018 elections are announced! The TMC, which had started gathering strength at the cost of the Congress, is now facing massive erosion, with its members making an exodus to the BJP.
Those MLA’s led by Sudip Roy Barman are leaving for Guwahati on 6th July 2017 to meet Assam Minister of Health Dr Himanta Biswas Sarma and BJP All India General Secretary Ram Madhavji and also meet Ram Nath Kovind (BJP backed Presidential Candidate). The decision was taken unanimously at a meeting held at State TMC Headquarter near Tulshibati School today.
DC TMC Leader of the House said that “I have forwarded the resignation letters of the six MLA’s to the TMC Central Executive Committee in Kolkata”
According to Sudip Barman, “CPIM party is backing Meira Kumar and we cannot vote for a candidate who is being supported by the CPIM. The CPIM is our main enemy and we have been fighting against its misrule for a long time,” He also added that his mission is to oust the left govt. from the state and he is ready to sacrifice anything for this purpose.
Sudip Roy Barman further said that “ in the interest of achieving their goal of toppling the 24-year-old CPIM run govt. they have decided to resign from the TMC party.” Today’s meeting clearly hinted that the six suspended TMC MLA’s will soon join the BJP party and they are leaving for Guwahati tomorrow to convey their decisions and discuss the future plans.
TMC Maha Sachiv Partha Chatterjee yesterday at a press conference said that ”Sudip Barman and the five other MLA’s were never members of TMC party and were never involved in any party related activities”.
Former TMC state president Ashish Kumar Saha took serious offence to the above statement and said that “I am deeply hurt by Partha Chatterjee’s statements. All of us were members of TMC National Executive Committee and in Tripura Legislative Assembly we were the main opposition. The Assembly is a witness to our party membership and loyalty”.
A little over six months from now, the Left Front will complete a quarter of a century in power in the tiny Northeastern state of Tripura. But if all goes well for the BJP, which has drawn up its own strategy of Operation Red Fort, it could also lead to the end of Left rule in the state. Biplab Deb, president of the Tripura state BJP unit, is working overtime to make that happen, and with senior Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma – who also holds the post of convenor of the saffron party’s North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), one that is mandated to expand the party’s base in the region – making frequent trips to the state, it is for sure that Agartala is emerging as the most exciting venue for politics in the next few months.
The BJP, which had made significant inroads in the state’s panchayats, has also increased its vote share in significant by-elections to two assembly constituencies – Khowai and Barjala – in November last year. In Khowai, its vote share rose from 511 in 2013 to 12,395 in 2016. Likewise, in Barjala it went up from 232 to 2528 in a gap of fewer than four years.
Political analysts say that all eyes are set to see the changes that the state BJP party will witness once these indecisive and conflicting leaders join the BJP party. Moreover, the people of Tripura have started to accept the BJP and it has already gained the position of the main opposition in the hearts of the people. It has emerged as the main opposition party in the state over the past six months. Now when these indecisive and dominant leaders join the present inexperienced BJP leadership, will the rise of BJP continue in the state or..?