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Amit Shah exudes confidence of forming govt in Tripura

15 February, 2018, 05:36 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Home minister Rajnath Singh addresses a gathering during a rally in Agartala. The BJP has mounted its most serious challenge to capture power in Tripura for the first time

The saffron party has joined hands with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) to take on the Left Front in the February 18 Assembly election in the north-eastern state.

A party leader announced on Thursday."As implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) for the Tripura government employees would be one of the key poll promise of BJP-IPFT alliance, the release of the party's "Vision Document" by Jaitley would be an important political step".

Criticising the opposition Congress, Shah said that the party was trying to divide the anti-Left votes in the state for favouring CPI-M, but that would not work.

"Seeing the atmosphere and campaigns after visiting various constituencies, I can rest assured that the BJP would form the next government in Tripura and it would be the 20th BJP-ruled state", Shah said.

The manifesto "Vision Document Tripura 2018" said Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be be set up in the state for sectors like food processing, bamboo, IT and textiles.

Without naming Rahul Gandhi, he alleged that the Congress chief had put up candidates as "vote-katva" (cutting into others' votes) to help the CPI (M) government headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to come back to power. "The government of "Lal Bhai" and its cadres have looted Tripura for 25 years in the name of development... They support the demand but have not been able to admit it in public", CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar had said.




Union Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley released the BJP vision document, here on Sunday. He said a degree college would be set up in each constituency of the state to upgrade the education system.

In a news conference here, Shah said the Left parties were resorting to violence to tackle the rise of the BJP across Tripura.

The BJP is contesting for 51 out of the 60 Assembly seats, while its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is fighting in nine seats.

Tripura would be made a logistic hub for transportation in the entire northeastern region due to its proximity with Bangladesh and the ports in that country, Jaitley said.

The results will be out on 3 March, along with the poll outcomes in Meghalaya and Nagaland.

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