Amit Raut pointed at Marx Engels Sarani in Agartala and recounted a drive he had taken in end-Could alongside the street, on which stand the homes of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and different ministers. His car was in a convoy of round ten that carried a number of CPM supporters to Kanchanpur the place they joined the BJP, he mentioned. Raut mentioned he had all the time been a CPM supporter however will now vote for the BJP in subsequent elections. He’s amongst a number of CPM members or supporters — the BJP claims 5,000-odd — who’ve switched sides in the previous couple of months.
Its ambitions within the Northeast lifted by the victory in Assam, the BJP has been concentrating on the ruling CPM of late in Tripura, with the Congress already seen as a dwindling power. “Imphal Municipality elections in Manipur. BJP has received d 1st seat. Main in a number of seats. Hoping to emerge as d largest celebration. NE forey on,” BJP normal secretary Ram Madhav tweeted final week, earlier than his celebration went on to turn into the second largest in Imphal municipality with 10 seats to the Congress’s 12.
In Tripura, the BJP claims to have grown to 2 lakh members, almost a tenth of the state’s 23.5 lakh voters. It had
10,000 members final 12 months, mentioned Biplab Kumar Deb, newly appointed state BJP chief. An RSS member and son of one other, he had labored exterior the state since 1998 earlier than returning as jansampark abhiyan pramukh in April 2015 after which, at age 44, being made the youngest president of any state BJP unit in February.
The RSS too has been extra seen. Its officers coaching camp was held in Tripura this summer season, with round 500 contributors; it was once held in Assam earlier.
Congress and BJP
The Congress has ceded floor to the Trinamool Congress, with six of its 10 MLAs defecting. The BJP’s beneficial properties on the expense of the Congress had preceded Deb’s arrival. In 2013, the BJP had misplaced its deposit in 49 of the 50 seats it contested. Within the final 12 months, it has ended second in all three bypolls; it has been the Congress that has misplaced its deposit. Moreover, the BJP has additionally had councillors elected in city our bodies and received over 50 seats in village councils.
Pradyut Deb Barman, performing president of the Tripura Congress, mentioned, “It’s true that the BJP has gained lately but it surely had been the prime gainer within the 2001-03 Autonomous District Council polls too. There’s a pattern right here that some individuals gravitate in the direction of the celebration in energy in Delhi,” he mentioned. He dismissed the shift in the direction of the Trinamool too.
The BJP, for its half, dismissed the Congress. “We have now gained a serious a part of the Congress vote and are actually shifting into CPM territory,” Biplab Deb mentioned. “5 thousand CPM supporters and members have joined the BJP in the previous couple of months.”
CPM and BJP
CPM state secretary Bijan Dhar admits the BJP is rising however says there isn’t a menace. “Elections can be held in two years. Earlier than soccer season, some individuals all the time change camps. A small fraction of CPM supporters may need shifted to the BJP, but it surely’s the Congress from which a serious chunk has gone to the BJP, as is seen within the vote share throughout byelections.”
The BJP is taking a look at an alliance with the Indigenous Individuals’s Entrance of Tripura, a celebration of native tribes. “The CPM’s primary power is tribals. If wanted we are going to ally with IPFT,” Deb mentioned. Of the 60 seats, 20 are reserved for STs and 10 for SCs. At current, besides one all the opposite ST seats are held by the Left. “Underneath the management of a former state member of Gana Mukti Parishad (a tribal outfit of Left), round 1200 tribals joined BJP on Could 10,” he mentioned.