Congress can not wash off its hands from Babri demolition: BJP candidate

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

While ruling NPF won over all the Opposition legislators, including Congress's, during a power crisis faced by Chief Minister TR Zeliang, former CM Neiphiu Rio has launched Nagaland Democratic People's Party with a pre-poll alliance with BJP. "Our stand can be concretised only at the time of elections".

Along with the anti-incumbency wave, the biggest threat the Manik Sarkar government is facing is its poor track record to uplift people from poverty.

Moreover, of all the states in the Northeast, Tripura witnessed the sharpest demographic change on account of the influx of Hindu Bengali refugees from Bangladesh in the aftermath of Partition and the 1971 war.

Taking on Sarkar for his charge that that the Centre had not done much for the state's development, the BJP chief reeled out the names of a number of central schemes and noted that it had released Rs 25,396 crore to Tripura under the 14th finance commission against Rs 7,283 crore it had got under the 13th finance commission. During our field work across the state, an overarching majority of anti-Left respondents, both tribal as well as Bengali, batted for the BJP while acknowledging that they had been Congress voters in the last Assembly election.

"Lotus blooms in mud".

"The government of "Lal bhai" and its cadres have looted Tripura for 25 years in the name of development..." As Shekhar Dutta, a senior journalist, says, "The domineering presence of CPM in Tripura is a classic example of the state's conversion into a party-society in which nothing is beyond the purview of the political gaze".

Sarkar is locked in a quadrangular contest in his home constituency of Dhanpur, where Jahir Uddin from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the fourth candidate. She had fought against him in 1998 for the Dhanpur seat and lost.

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Reacting to the allegations leveled by the Congress on political parties having links with the BJP, the BJP national spokesperson said "We are contesting against all the parties including UDP and NPP in the state and as far as allegations of the BJP contesting only 47 seats leaving the rest for its so-called partners, I have to say that the decision was taken only after thorough assessment based on the winnability of the candidates".

Asked what he expects a BJP government to do, he says Tripura depends heavily on the Centre for its resources and it will help if it comes to power.

BJP President Amit Shah waves at crowd during an Assembly election campaign roadshow in Agartala, Tripura on Sunday.

Right from giving free smartphones to youth to one job at least in every household, the manifesto of the BJP is full of populist moves.

"Whatever needs to be done to protect the identities of these tribes and other communities that live in the region, the BJP is committed to doing".

Compared to all the bold and enticing promises of the BJP, the Left Front government's manifesto looks tad boring.

The urge to dislodge the Left Front regime made IPFT imperative to BJP, which is desperate to take another northeastern state into its kitty.

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