BJP’s last-ditch effort to win Tripura polls: Modi to campaign in left bastion, once again

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Agartala, Feb 15: Within a week's time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be once again visiting poll-bound Tripura to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. On February 8, Modi attended two public rallies in the northeastern state.

On Thursday, Modi will address two election rallies in Shanti Bazaar and Agartala, the state capital.

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Before visiting Tripura, the PM will first visit Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, where he will participate in three programmes, including the inauguration of the Dorjee Khandu state convention centre in Itanagar.

Modi will also dedicate the state civil secretariat building and lay the foundation stone of the academic block of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science in Itanagar.

The election for the 60-member Assembly will be held in Tripura on February 18 (Sunday) and results would be announced on March 3.

A galaxy of leaders from the BJP, including PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh and BJP MP Hema Malini, among others had campaigned in Tripura.

The BJP has formed an alliance with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) for the upcoming elections. Tripura has been under the rule of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M))-led Left Front government since 1993. Tripura is one of the last two bastions of the left parties. The other state is Kerala.

During his recent visit to Tripura, Modi called for a change in the state. The PM without mincing any words directly targeted the CM Manik Sarkar by stating that Tripura no longer need "Manik" but wanted 'hira' (highways, i-ways, roadways and airways) at rallies in Sonamura and Kailashahar.

Tripura Assembly
Party 2013 Current Standing  
CPIM 49 50 Election Date : Feb 18 2018
Counting : Mar 03 2018
CONG 10 02
CPI 01 01
BJP 00 06
OTHERS 00 00
Total 60 59 (1 Vacant)

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