BJP is preparing to fight the next assembly election in Tripura alone. Senior BJP leader claimed this. Actually, an important meeting of BJP was held on Saturday. BJP General Secretary (Organisation) BL Santosh, Northeast Coordinator Sambit Patra, Tripura in-charge Mahesh Sharma and Chief Minister Manik Saha attended the meeting. During this, brainstorming was done to prepare the blueprint for the assembly elections.
However, the BJP has also ruled out leaving its ally IPFT. The party had lost to Tipra Motha in the tribal civic polls last year. Since then the IPFT’s support base has been steadily declining. BJP’s chief state spokesperson Subrata Chakraborty said in a press conference that the meeting discussed the latest situation of the party. During this, a detailed discussion took place on various issues like the performance of the government and the activities of the opposition.
He said that it seems that the pulse of the people is with the BJP and the party is all set to ensure a landslide victory in the assembly elections on its own. Chakraborty said the party wants to strengthen its base at every polling station. Apart from the plains, we are also strong enough in the hills to compete with the opposition, he added. Therefore the party will prepare itself in such a way that it can contest the elections alone.
Clarifying later, Chakraborty said his party was not looking for a new electoral partner and the electoral partnership with IPFT would continue. BJP never leaves its ally. Polling in Tripura’s 60-member assembly is due early next year. The BJP has 35 MLAs, while its ally IPFT has seven. Opposition CPI(M) has 15 MLAs and Congress has one MLA. Two seats are vacant.