Tripura: BJP may face big challenge in this Election
The problems of the Bharatiya Janata Party have increased due to the change in the political equation in Tripura.
AGARTALA- Voting for the assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 16. This time the political scenario is different and BJP may face challenges to return to power.
In Tripura, the Bharatiya Janata Party created history in the year 2018 by demolishing 25 years of power with a thumping majority. In the last assembly elections, out of 60 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party along with its allies had won 43 seats. At the same time, the CPM, which has been ruling for 25 years, had to satisfy only 16 seats.
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This time Congress has joined hands with CPM. On January 11, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that he is ready for an alliance with CPM, Congress to stop BJP’s victory chariot. The alliance was announced after a meeting between Congress general secretary Ajay Kumar and CPM state secretary Jitendra Chowdhary in Agartala on January 13.
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Both these parties have been the biggest challenge for the BJP. BJP is afraid that if this party becomes strong due to the alliance between the two, then they may have to lose power. At the same time, Mamta Banerjee’s party TMC is also trying to try its luck in Tripura.
Till 2018, there was a fight between Congress and CPM to get power in this state. The Left and the Congress have ruled for 53 years as arch-enemies of each other. Now BJP has made the situation such that both have to contest elections together.
Before the last assembly elections i.e. year 2018, CPM was in power in this state for 25 years. In the assembly elections held in the year 2018, CPM could get only 16 out of 60 seats. In the electoral politics of 6 decades, the Left parties have been in power in this state for the entire 35 years. In such a situation, CPM will try its best to once again win the trust of the people of the state.
For the first time in the year 1978, the CPM government was formed here. The era of Manik Sarkar started from the year 1998. Under his leadership, the Left parties ruled Tripura from March 1998 to March 2018. These figures clearly show how important Tripura is for the CPM.
The Congress has been wiped out in this state. The party is well aware that it cannot reach the power of Tripura alone in the coming Lok Sabha elections. On the other hand, the Congress is also afraid of the results of the last elections. This time it will make all necessary efforts for its survival by aligning with CPM.
This time Tripura politics rests on BJP-IPFT alliance and CPM-Congress alliance. BJP, CPM and Congress are all three national parties, but this time in Tripura, a regional party can spoil the plan of these three national parties. In less than four years, Tipra Motha has emerged as a major political force in Tripura.
In fact, Tipra Motha is trying to bring BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in its court while playing a new bet in this election. The BJP came to power in Tripura because of the benefits it got from the alliance with the IPFT in the last election.
Tipra Motha will field its candidates on 40 to 45 seats out of 60 in Tripura. As such, Tipra Motha’s hold is more on the tribal community here, but its chief Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma has said that his party will nominate non-Tiprasa i.e. non-tribal people as candidates. Due to this, along with BJP, the plans of CPM-Congress alliance can also turn water.
The problems of the Bharatiya Janata Party have also increased due to the change in the political equation in Tripura. BJP realizes that it needs to work harder this time to retain power in Tripura. On the other hand, the entry of Tipra Motha into Tripura politics can make BJP’s path difficult.