PM to campaign in Tripura: Is Modi wave sweeping the Left bastion too?

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Agartala, Feb 8: Tripura and Kerala are the only two remaining states in the country where the Left parties are in power. However, it seems the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is adamant to dethrone the incumbent Manik Sarkar government from the northeastern state where the Assembly polls are scheduled on February 18.

Along with continuously working with various groups and communities in the state for the past three-four years to spread its reach across the length and breadth of Tripura, the saffron party is hoping the anti-incumbency wave will help the BJP to come to power in the state for the first time.

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The BJP has also formed an alliance with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), which enjoys good support among the tribals of the state. According to a recent pre-poll survey, the BJP-IPFT alliance is likely to win the upcoming Assembly elections, the results of which will be declared on March 3.

An opinion poll by News X-Jan Ki Baat has predicted the end of over two decades of CPI(M) rule in Tripura. According to the opinion poll, the BJP-IPFT alliance is likely to win 31-37 seats out of the total 60 assembly constituencies in the state. The ruling CPI(M) may get 23-29 seats; while the Congress and other parties may not win a single seat in the state.

Amid all these positive vibes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the biggest election mascot of the BJP, is all set to campaign in Tripura on Thursday.

Modi will address two election rallies--one each at Sonamura and Kailashahar--in the northeastern state. In fact, this is the first political rally of Modi in Tripura after he became the PM in 2014. Modi had inaugurated a power plant in Tripura on December 3, 2014.

The saffron party is hoping that the PM's visit will attract a huge crowd. "PM Modi is a very popular leader in Tripura. The people of Tripura have seen how much work Modi has done for the country. After winning elections in Assam in 2016 and Manipur in 2017, we are sure to win elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghlaya too," said a local BJP leader in Tripura.

Along with Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya are also hosting assembly elections in the coming days. The elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland are scheduled on February 27. The election results of all the three states will be announced on March 3.

In view of Modi's visit to Tripura, security has been heightened across the state. The India-Bangladesh border adjoining Sipahijala and Unakoti districts of Tripura has been sealed in view of the PM's visit, police said.

The PM would address two public rallies near the border areas, programme manager and deputy speaker of Assam Assembly Biswarup Bhattacharya said.

Giving details of Modi's itinerary, he said the PM is scheduled to arrive at Agartala airport in a chartered plane, and from there, he would fly to Sonamura of Sipahijala district in an IAF helicopter.

A public rally has been organised at Rangamati Madrassa school ground in Sipahijala, Bhattacharya said. According to Sipahijala SP Sudipta Das, the BSF has been asked to seal the frontier as the place is not very far from the international border.

"A security blanket has been thrown around the district with central and state paramilitary forces deployed at strategic points," Das said.

After the rally at Siphijala, Modi would go to Kailashahar in Unakoti district, Bhattacharya said, adding Modi would address a public meet at Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya stadium in the second half of the day.

The security forces have been asked to intensify patrolling in the district and adequate measures have been taken to thwart untoward incidents, Unakoti SP Ajit Pratap Singh said.

The BJP is eyeing to rule over the entire northeast region. Winning the elections in Tripura holds great importance for the BJP to strengthen its foothold in the region.

Assam BJP leader and chairperson of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma said that he has no doubt of the BJP's victory against the Left Front in Tripura in the upcoming polls.

The BJP leader said "victory" over the Left Front in Tripura would be significant from the ideological point of view and the BJP wants to take the message from here to Kerala, where the CPI(M) is a major constituent of the ruling LDF alliance.

"Tripura will be the launching pad of achieving CPI(M)- mukt Bharat. After we win in Tripura, we will do the same in Kerala," he claimed.

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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