The BJPs saffron dream to take the East under its flagship finally seems to be taking shape, as 6 expelled Trinamool Congress MLAs joined the BJP in Tripura to challenge the Left Front government which is in the rule for 24 years.
This formal announcement was made on Monday, at a massive rally organized in Agartala, where six TMC legislators-Sudip Roy Barman, Ashish Saha, Pranajit Singha Roy, DC Hrankhawal, Biswa Bandhu Sen and Dilip Sarkar-declared their allegiance to the saffron party under the aegis of senior BJP leader Himanta Biswas Sarma.
The march which was the biggest of its kind began from Astabal ground till the Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhavan was joined by almost 25000 followers to express their angst against the ruling Left Front. The MLAs also had a brief discussion with BJP President Amit Shah on 5th August in Delhi.
Severing the relations with these legislators the TMC General Secretary Partha Chatterjee already made a formal announcement on 3rd July. Notably, these 6 MLAs had earlier quit Congress and joined TMC to protest the Congress tie up with the Left in the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections.
Senior Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet. “I see a sea of humanity in Agartala as six Trinamool MLAs join the BJP,” Speaking at a gathering, Sarma said the people of Tripura were disgruntled with the Left Front government. He also alleged that Tripura’s law and order situation was in doldrums, with a surge in crimes against women coming to an all time high. Besides Sarma, the rally was also attended by Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party’s state President Biplab Kumar Deb and BJP state observer Sunil Deodhar.
Lashing out at the opposition one of the legislators Sudip Roy Barman retorted, that both the TMC and Congress have become a puppet in the hands of the Left Front in Tripura.
He elaborated that thousands of this party workers had shown faith in Congress think that they will fight against the corrupt government in Tripura. But now the Congress, Left, and BJP have become allies of anti-BJP forces.
So with less than seven months left for upcoming Assembly elections in Tripura, the BJP certainly has a reason to blow the trumpet. Not to forget its recent foray into the North East with changing guard in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur.
MLA Sudip Roy Barman blamed the current Manik Sarkar led government of corruption and illegal expenditure of central sponsored schemes in the last two decades. He also rebuked Sarkar government for the rise in unemployment, a crime against women and insufficient pay scale of the government employees.
BJP state observer Sunil Deodhar said that the BJP is gearing up to win 51 seats in the 60 member Assembly for the 2018 polls in Tripura. The Congress has been out of power for last 24 years in Tripura, although it has shared the base with the CPM. If BJP can get its cards right, then sooner or later Tripura can become a BJP strong hold, with the East gradually coming under the saffron folds.