Tripura election likely to witness a fight between CPI and BJP

Vastavam web: The coming Assembly election in Tripura is likely to witness a fight between the CPI(M)-led Left Front and the BJP in the state.The state had in the past witnessed an electoral battle between the CPI(M) and the Congress.Burman, who headed the state Congress in 2013 Assembly election, told PTI, “In 2013, the CPI(M) had faced strong anti-incumbency but Congress central leadership had helped CPI(M) in the state clandestinely for enjoying the party’s support in Parliament”.

CPI(M) politburo member Prakash Karat also admitted that this time it is a contest between the Left Front and the BJP in the February 18 election.Six Congress MLAs including Burman had crossed over to the BJP.”We are forced to join the BJP as we found that the Congress is not serious about fighting the CPI(M)”, Burman said.Tripura Congress vice-president, Tapas Dey said, “A communal party like the BJP became so strong in the state due to the misrule and partisan behaviour of the CPI(M)”.”The pro-people programmes of the Left Front government, especially for the poor and the working class, would bring it back to power”, he said.

To garner the tribal vote which constituted around 31 per cent in the state, BJP has stitched an alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).”The alliance between BJP and IPFT will make a strong impact in the 20 tribal reserve constituencies,” said Mrinal Kanti Deb, BJP spokesperson.The BJP forging an alliance with such a party was tantamount to “sedition”, the senior CPI(M) leader had said.That the BJP is very serious in wresting power from the CPI(M) is evident from the list of its star campaigners like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah and a galaxy of party leaders who will campaign for party candidates in Tripura.