North East in grip of BJP, claims Ram Madhav

Agartala: The entire northeastern region, like other parts of the country, is in the grip of a massive BJP wave, the party's National General Secretary Ram Madhav said here on Friday, adding the BJP will form the government in Manipur on Saturday and in Tripura next year.

"Like all parts of India, a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) wave has gripped the entire northeastern region. People want BJP government everywhere for good governance," Ram Madhav said while addressing a mammoth gathering here in Left-ruled Tripura.

He said: "BJP governments have been installed in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the party is a part of the Nagaland government and it would wrest power in Manipur on Saturday, after the counting of votes. The BJP will also come to power in Tripura next year after voting out the Left parties."

He claimed that the BJP would come to power in Tripura in the 2018 assembly elections as the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist)-led Left Front government had failed in every sphere and other opposition parties had been unsuccessful in dislodging the Left parties from power.

"We would field candidates in all the 60 assembly constituencies to fight against the Left parties. Once a BJP government comes to power in Tripura, unemployment in the state will make way for industrialisation," the BJP leader added.

"During the 24-year rule of Left parties, unemployment and poverty has increased. No industrial activity has taken place here despite Tripura being a power-surplus state. The Left government misused the central funds and made only the party prosperous," said Ram Madhav, who is the party's in-charge of northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP leaders earlier announced that Friday's rally was being organised in protest against the murder of the party's village committee member Chanmohan Tripura last year and to demand a CBI probe into the killing, but all the speakers dwelt upon the party's prospects to come to power in Tripura.

Friday's gathering galvanised the local BJP leaders, who claimed that such an enormous crowd had never gathered in the party's rallies in Tripura.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, echoing other BJP leaders, claimed that the party would come to power in Tripura in next year's assembly elections.

"BJP is the only party that can make Tripura a developed state. In the name of chit funds, thousands of crores of rupees of people have been looted, while the state government remained a mute spectator," Sonowal said.

The Assam Chief Minister said that all the northeastern states must go together and that his state would always remain with Tripura for the latter's all-round success and development.

"Over eight lakh people are unemployed in Tripura and a large number of people remain poor. If BJP comes to power in Tripura, it will give right status to all people," he added.

BJP's Tripura observer Sunil Deodhar alleged that the Left government in Tripura had turned the state into a corrupt one, making crime and killing a part of life due to mis-governance.

"Over a hundred BJP functionaries were killed in Kerala and many party men murdered in Tripura. Over 11 crore BJP members across the country are protesting these killings in both Left-ruled states," Deodhar said.

State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb said that the CPI-M had got scared following the growth of the BJP in Tripura, and that is why their cadres were killing BJP members.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was instigating criminals and nepotism in the state, he alleged.