Biplab, Rupa and Deodhar call for change in state: campaign gains momentum
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Apr 21, 2017 : Even though the assembly election is ten months away, the campaign for the polls seems to have started with a bang already with the ruling left front focussing basically on national issues , citing instances of deprivation of state by Centre while the BJP highlighting the alleged failure of the left front on all fronts. Yesterday the state BJP leaders, party president Biplab Deb, ‘Pravari’ Sunil Deodhar and Rajya Sabha MP Rupa Ganguly called upon the people to extend support to BJP in the next assembly elections. They made tall promises like implementation of 7th central pay commission within three months of assuming power, increasing the rate and widening the scope of allowances given to poor people and restoring law and order.
Yesterday’s three BJP meetings were held in Belonia, Kathalia in Sonamura subdivision which forms part of chief minister Manik Sarkar’s constituency , Dhanpur and Bishalgarh. While the BJP trio confined their speeches to exposing alleged failures of the left front government, promising new benefits to the state and its poor people , ‘Pravari’ Sunil Deodhar launched a blistering personal attack on chief minister Manik Sarkar , citing a host of issues . While all the programmes were well attended, a procession of women that passed through Bishalgarh town, drew attention. In all three programmes a large number of Congress-Trinamool supporters and a minuscule number of CPI (M) supporters joined the BJP. Rupa Ganguly left for Calcutta this morning , having addressed the successful programmes. The BJP general secretary and RSS stalwart Ram Madhav is also arriving here tomorrow to attend the BJP’s two-day state executive meeting scheduled to come off in Dharmangar from tomorrow.
Meanwhile, senior Congress minority leader Shah Alam who had fought well against the chief minister Manik Sarkar but lost in Dhanpur constituency in 2008 joined BJP with his supporters yesterday. Another influential Congress turned Trinamool leader Tofazzal Hossain who had been deprived of nomination by the Congress despite having spent a huge amount of money is also likely to join the BJP early next month with several thousand of his supporters.