A senior leader said on Saturday that the BJP is preparing to contest the upcoming assembly elections in Tripura alone, following a strategic meeting attended by the party’s top leaders in the region. The meeting, which was attended by BJP (Organization) General Secretary Bill Santosh, North East Coordinator Sampet Batra, Tripura Official Mahesh Sharma and Prime Minister Manek Saha, brainstormed to prepare a roadmap for the assembly elections.
However, the BJP has ruled out getting rid of its ally tribal party, IPFT, which lost to Tibra Motha in opinion polls last year. Since then, there has been a continuous migration from IPFT to Tibra Motha, by the former princely Agartala family.
“In the meeting, a detailed discussion took place on many issues, from the party’s recent stance to the government’s performance and opposition activities,” state spokesperson for the BJP, Subrata Chakraborty, told a press conference.
He said, “It seems that the people’s pulse is with the BJP and the party is well prepared to secure a big win in the Majlis elections on its own.” Chakraborty said the party wants to strengthen its base at every polling station.
“Apart from the plains, we are strong enough in the hills to compete with the opponent. Therefore, the party will prepare itself in such a way that it can contest the elections on its own.
Clarifying later, Chakraborty said his party was not looking for a new electoral partner, and the electoral understanding with IPFT would continue because the BJP “never gives up on an ally”.
The 60-member Tripura Council will go to the polls early next year. The BJP has 35 MLAs, while its ally IPFT has seven MLAs. The Opposition CPI (M) has 15 MLAs and Congress has one. Two vacant seats.
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