Agartala, Feb. 5: Determined to leave nothing to chance for ensuring success in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP state unit will invite Narendra Modi to address a rally in Agartala on February 22.
Despite never being a significant force in the state’s polarised politics involving the Congress and CPM, the BJP leadership got in touch with the party’s central leadership for a meeting to be addressed by Modi in Agartala.
“It is a golden chance for us because the Congress, so far the main Opposition in Tripura, is rapidly disintegrating. Lakhs of Congressmen are joining the CPM and other parties. After the elevation of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, a wave is sweeping the country and we are determined to take advantage of it,” said state BJP president Sudheendra Dasgupta.
Dasgupta said Modi’s comments in the recent Meerut rally on the ill treatment of youths from the Northeast in New Delhi indicated that the BJP were serious about garnering support from the region.
“Till about a decade back, we had a little more than 10 per cent votes and then it dipped because of various reasons. But now things are changing and it seems we will do far better because the Congress and Trinamul, which comprises mostly deserters from the Congress, will not be able to cut significantly into anti-Left Front votes,” said Dasgupta.
He added that the party’s cadres and supporters were working hard to make the February 22 rally at Swami Vivekananda stadium a success.
Similarly, the state Trinamul Congress is also trying hard to get Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to address a meeting in Agartala.
A group of senior leaders, headed by Ratan Chakraborty and Surajit Dutta, are camping in Calcutta for the past few days and have already held discussions with Trinamul’s general-secretary Mukul Roy.
“The date has not yet been fixed but Mamata is expected to visit the state at least once before the Lok Sabha poll. We have tentatively fixed February 25 but that is subject to confirmation from Calcutta,” said Trinamul chairman Ratan Chakraborty.
He rubbished the BJP’s claim of emerging as the alternative to the CPM in Tripura and said, as in Bengal, the Trinamul had the potential to oust the CPM from power.
“It is the Trinamul and Mamata who can fight against the CPM and rid the state of their ‘murderous misrule,’” he said.
The Congress today shortlisted seven out of the nine candidates in the fray to contest the general election in Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency.
The party recently launched its programme — primaries — to select candidates for the prestigious seat.
The list initially included Anupam Bardaloi, Bobbetta Sharma, Bolin Bordoloi, Jury Sharma Bordoloi, Manash Borah, Munmi Dutta, Pankaj Borbora, Rana Goswami and Parbin Medhi.
The nomination forms of Goswami and Medhi were today rejected after scrutiny.
A total of 1,055 voters will elect the candidate on February 12.
The list was cleared by a 22-member committee for the pilot project here this evening. Eighteen candidates had applied for the ticket but nine of them, most of them seniors such as Haren Das and Dwijen Sharma, did not apply the second time.
After the February 12 vote, a panel of three aspirants who gets the maximum votes will be sent to the AICC for final selection.