BJP president Amit Shah asserted that his party would form the next government in Tripura which would be the 20th state to be ruled by the saffron party. The north-eastern state is set to vote for the next assembly on February 18.
“The party neither had MLAs in Manipur and Assam nor a strong organisational base, yet the huge popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s programme brought the party in power to those two north eastern states,” he said.
Shah was in Agartala when the party’s election manifesto was released on Sunday.
“Seeing the atmosphere and campaigns after visiting various constituencies, I am rest assured that the BJP would form the next government in Tripura and it would be the 20th BJP ruled state,” Shah told a news conference here.
The Left Front has been ruling the state for nearly 25 years continuously but Tripura lags behind in distribution of drinking water to households, healthcare services, power supply, infrastructure and attracting investments, he said.
The CPI(M)-led Left Front is in power in the north eastern state in a row since 1993. The Left was also in power between 1978 and 1988.
“Ten years and 25 years is quite a long time for developing the state. But Tripura remained backward. There are many BJP-ruled states which could make much more development in lesser time,” he said.
Criticising the Left front government, Shah also alleged that crime against women in the state is highest in the country with rape and molestation being an everyday event. “CPI(M) cadres dictate terms to the police and government officials and law and order has collapsed,” he said.
The BJP president also criticised the traditional political rival Congress, charging the party of dividing the anti-Left votes in the state for favouring CPI-M.
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.
(With inputs from PTI)