BJP will form govt in M'laya, Nagaland, Tripura: Rudy


BJP will form govt in M'laya, Nagaland, Tripura: Rudy

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar addresses an election campaign rally at Gandhigram

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar addresses an election campaign rally at Gandhigram

Pratima Bhowmik of the BJP (left) and Congress candidate Lakshmi Nag.

In the current election season, while the BJP is exclusively dependent on regional players in Meghalaya and Nagaland, in Tripura, numerous prominent leaders of the Congress and indigenous parties have moved in to the saffron party fold, positioning the BJP as the main opposition to the Left Front rule. In the last elections, the Congress bagged 10 seats and rest was won by the Left Front government.

"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".

Experts believe that people are responding to BJP's fresh set of promises, as opposed to the defensive stand of the Left.

Rudy's comment assumes significance in light of the fact that the National People's Party (NPP), which has emerged as a major contender for power in the Congress-ruled state, has also maintained that it will not consider an alliance with any party in the state.

The CPI (M)-led Left Front government, which is ruling Tripura since 1993, did not face much difficulties in winning elections all these years with the Congress putting up a weak challenge against the left regime. "It is the Union government's agenda and we are working with a positive agenda", he said.

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

If the Left is promising continuity with its focus on rural development and the poor, the BJP has let it be known that with the party in power at the Centre, it can shower the state with goodies and funds which the CPM can't.

Over the past four decades, the dominant political and electoral narrative of Tripura has become simple: one is either pro-CPM or anti-CPM, a division that permeates all sections of society. Tipraland has been an emotive issue for many tribal people, but also a sensitive subject for majority Bengalis, a lot of them refugees from Bangladesh.

The state of affairs of Congress in Nagaland has come to such a pass that insiders admit the party had a problem finding candidates for all Constituencies. This has caused a crack in the Left's stronghold in the state. But this has to be within the confines of the political line, which bars any "understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress".

Since the outcome on the 20 tribal seats largely depends on the non-tribal electors residing in these constituencies, the CPM is hopeful of reaping benefits of its ploy on Tipraland issue. It has been worrisome for Gandhi that post internal conflict in Sangma's last term, senior leaders of Congress have quit from their positions in the state.

The BJP is confident that it will be able to attract the the young population, which rues lack of opportunities in the state.

Yechury's supporters are planning to use the two-month window to move amendments in the Party Congress and garner support for their line of keeping options open to have an understanding with the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress.

The author is a member of 101Reporters.com, a pan-India network of grassroots reporter.