From free smartphones to jobs in every household, BJP woos voters ahead of Tripura polls

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Agartala, Feb 12: The upcoming Tripura Assembly elections are grabbing national headlines. Thanks to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which seems determined to end the decades-long regime of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-(M))-led Left Front government in the northeastern state.

As a part of its election strategy, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned to challenge the might of the Manik Sarkar government in the state which is in power since 1998.


From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah to finance minister Arun Jaitley, top leaders of the saffron party are busy campaigning in the state ahead of the all-important polls.

Recently, the PM was in Tripura where he launched a scathing attack against the Sarkar government. Modi will once again visit the poll-bound state on February 15 to campaign for the BJP.

On Sunday, when Jaitley released the BJP's manifesto--Vision Document Tripura 2018---it was clear that the saffron party was all out to woo the voters. Right from giving free smartphones to youths to one job at least in every household, the manifesto of the BJP is full of populist moves.

The other promises listed in the BJP manifesto include setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the state for sectors like food processing, bamboo, IT and textiles, free education for women till graduation and 7th pay commission salary to state government employees, among others.

Jaitley said PM Modi wants the country to develop, which is why the BJP in Tripura has focused more on development issues in its vision document. He said a degree college would be set up in each constituency of the state to upgrade the education system.

The senior BJP leader also announced that an adequate number of multi-speciality hospitals and an AIIMS-like hospital would be set up in the state. 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 vision document states that stories of Tripura's erstwhile royal rulers would be included in the school curriculum and Agartala airport would be renamed after Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, the last king of Tripura.

It promised an investigation into the Rose Valley scam and those found guilty would be jailed. The minimum grant under social welfare schemes would be Rs 2,000 per month and the minimum wage would be Rs 340, the vision document said, adding CBI inquiry into the killing of two journalists Shantanu Bhowmick and Sudip Datta Bhowmick would be instituted.

The election to the 60-member Tripura Assembly would be held on February 18. The BJP is contesting in 51 seats while its alliance partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has fielded candidates in nine seats.

Along with Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland are also going to polls. The Assembly elections in both Meghalaya and Nagaland are scheduled on February 27. The election results of all the three northeastern states will be announced on March 3.

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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