Political Landscape Shift: Former Congress Supporters Join BJP Ahead of By-Election

CM Manik Saha

Ahead of the upcoming by-election in Tripura’s Boxanagar Assembly Constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has received a significant boost as around 8,000 voters, led by Former Congress Minister Billal Miah, joined the party in Kulubari. This political shift holds considerable implications for the political landscape of the state, especially considering the prevailing dynamics of opposition parties and their impact on governance. The by-polls scheduled for September 5 have become a focal point for parties aiming to secure their footing and gather support.

The massive joining of voters took place in the presence of Tripura Chief Minister Prof. Dr. Manik Saha. During the gathering, he shared his perspectives on the changing political scenario, highlighting the transformation underway within the state. Dr. Saha’s remarks resonated with the broader narrative of political realignment and the diminishing influence of traditional opposition parties like the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPIM and the Congress.

Dr. Saha began by addressing the prevailing perception of the Congress party, both in Tripura and across the nation. He portrayed Congress as a party in decline, fading away not just in Tripura but throughout the country. He noted that what transpired during the recent joining event was just the beginning—the main event is still pending. The Chief Minister predicted a scenario where individuals would defect from Congress to join the BJP, marking a shift in political affiliations. He also pointed out the historical connection between CPIM and Congress, emphasizing that it was Congress that allowed CPIM to govern the state. He held both parties accountable for the challenges and turmoil the people of Tripura had endured during their rule.

One of the key themes in Dr. Saha’s address was the improved law and order situation in the state under the BJP’s governance. He highlighted the party’s commitment to treating all religions equally, echoing the “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” (Collective Effort, Inclusive Growth) principle. He contrasted the past scenario with the current administration’s efforts to maintain peace and harmony, underscoring the significant reduction in political killings and violence that was witnessed during elections under the BJP’s rule.

Dr. Saha emphasized that his government was focused on addressing the issues faced by different constituencies. He cited the example of Boxanagar Assembly Constituency, which had previously experienced neglect. He mentioned the government’s initiatives, such as the PM Awas Yojana-Gramin, which aimed to provide housing for the needy. A total of 6,672 houses were sanctioned for Boxanagar under this scheme, with a significant portion being connected to the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) for water supply. Dr. Saha pointed out that the government functioned transparently, following the guidance of the Prime Minister.

Reflecting on the state’s political history, Dr. Saha recalled CPIM’s declining seat count in elections over the years. He noted that the party secured 16 seats in the 2018 elections, which dwindled to 11 in 2023. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that this number would continue to decrease in the future. He affirmed that the BJP was committed to its goal of uniting people, in contrast to the division often perpetuated by opposition parties. Dr. Saha credited leaders like Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP National President JP Nadda for guiding the party’s vision and direction.

Dr. Saha’s speech not only focused on the present but also projected into the future. He shared his conviction that Tafajjal Hossain’s victory in the upcoming by-election was assured. He reassured the attendees that their trust in the BJP was well-placed and called upon them to maintain faith in the party’s endeavors. He anticipated the upcoming election day, September 8, as a day of celebration, confident in the victory of the BJP candidates in both seats.

The event also provided a platform for key party leaders to express their perspectives. BJP state president Rajib Bhattacharya, BJP state prabhari Dr. Mahesh Sarma, as well as various ministers and officials, underscored the significance of the moment and reiterated the party’s commitment to the welfare of the people.

The massive joining of voters led by Former Congress Minister Billal Miah is poised to have a substantial impact on the upcoming by-election in Boxanagar Assembly Constituency. The event not only highlights the political realignment in Tripura but also underscores the BJP’s efforts to strengthen its position. Dr. Saha’s address not only portrayed the current state of affairs but also projected a promising future. The by-polls on September 5 are now anticipated with heightened enthusiasm and attention, as the results will reflect the evolving political landscape in the state.



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