Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called the BJP’s win over the Left in Tripura a “victory of ideology” and said the party needs to work hard to maintain its winning electoral streak. His remarks came in an address to the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting at the Parliament House.
Modi was greeted by the party men raising slogans ‘Jeet hamari jari hai, ab Karnataka ki bari hai’ (Our winning run continues, now is the turn of Karnataka).
The prime minister spoke about the BJP’s impressive performance in the the three northeast states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghayala, Parliamentary Affairs minister Anantha Kumar said.
Tripura was a small state with only two Lok Sabha seats and underlined the significance of the BJP’s win. He said the state had long been yearning for change and people embraced it by ousting the Left which was in power for over 25 years, he said.
The BJP won only one assembly seat in Kerala before it went on to trounce the Left in its bastion of Tripura, the prime minister said.
“Tripura was considered a bastion of Marxism for the last 25 years. This is an ideological victory,” party leaders quoted Modi as saying.
The Prime Minister also added that the Left’s politics was underpinned by violence and hate and the people have rejected it everywhere. It is finished across the world and is on the verge of oblivion in India as it is now in power only in Kerala, Kumar said, quoting Modi.
All three states are very important, the prime minister said, referring to Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, adding that the central government will give priority to their development. For development, all states are equal, he said.
The prime minister also asserted that the party should endeavour to live up to people’s expectations as it rejoices in its electoral win and asked MPs to take to the masses details of the Union Budget that was aimed at building a new India.
Modi also paid tribute to nine BJP workers, who were killed in alleged political violence in Tripura during the run up to the state polls.
(With inputs from PTI)