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Analyzing the Fall of the Red Wall of Tripura– By Sagarneel Sinha

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    By Sagarneel Sinha | March 7, 2018

    March 3, 2018 was probably one of the dreadful nightmares that would continue to haunt the Leftists of the country. The Left has never thought even in the dreams that the BJP would snatch away its last remaining citadel, Tripura. CPM led Left Front which was in power for the last 25 years with Manik Sarkar as Chief Minister in the helm for the last 20 years managed to get only 16 seats, a reduction of 34  in comparison to the last elections. The most surprising information for the Left is that it managed to win only 2 seats out of 19 in the tribal belt of the state, termed as the “red land of the state”. During the gap of  2013 election and the present 2018 election, the CPM led Left Front had won all the elections with big majority starting from the panchayat elections to municipal elections to the legislative bye elections and the Lok Sabha elections held during this period. So, naturally question arises that all of a sudden what happened to the Left to lose its stronghold?

    Tripura: IPFT to get two more ministerial berths in new state cabinet

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      AGARTALA, March 8, 2018: IPFT- Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, an ally of the BJP that won Tripura Assembly elections on Wednesday said they would get two berths in the cabinet.

      Tripura CM designate promises to solve problems of Manipuri settlers in state

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        IANS | Agartala, March 7, 2018

        Tripura Chief Minister designate Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday promised to give proper attention to solve all the problems of Manipuri settlers in the state.

        Talking to Bharatiya Janata Party activists from Manipur, he said: “Tripura has had special cordial relations with Manipur. After all there were three queens from Manipur who were married to Tripura princes. The government shall pay special attention to the needs of Manipuris in the state.”

        The system in those days was that when a Manipuri princess was married to a prince in Tripura, hundreds of villagers were forced to migrate and settle in Tripura so that the Manipuri princess did not feel lonely.

        A large number of Manipuris live in Tripura now.

        Some women activists in Agartala said many of the Manipuri settlers were denied old age pension. Deb said he will invite Manipur BJP Chief Minister N. Biren Singh during the swearing in ceremony.

        “Our government will work for the welfare of the Manipuri settlers in consultation with Biren Singh.”

        Assam minister Himanta meets IPFT leaders in Tripura, says ‘architecture of cooperation’ finalized

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          Agartala | March 7, 2018

          AGARTALA: In the face of discontent among IPFT leaders over cabinet berths in new BJP-IPFT coalition government which would be sworn in two days from now, Assam minister and NEDA chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma today met the indigenous leaders here in an emergency meeting to quell the disaffection following allocation of portfolios.

          “Today I met Shri NC Debbarma and all elected MLAs and office-bearers of Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Agartala and finalized the architecture of the cooperation between BJP and IPFT for the new government in Tripura”, Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet this afternoon.

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          IPFT supremo NC Debbarma was seen content, posing for pictures, with Sarma along with other IPFT leaders. BJP vice president Pratima Bhowmik also joined the talks.

          Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to join the swearing-in ceremony of all new BJP MLAs at Assam Rifles ground here on March 09.

          The regional party bared teeth two days back saying it would not join the ‘treasury benches’ if it was not given ‘respectable representation’ in the new cabinet. Though the party leaders did not demand any berth in particular, several indigenous youth leaders and NGOs were found demanding an indigenous Chief Minister for the state.

          Fusing the potential that such demands packed, senior BJP leader and central minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday named BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb as the next Chief Minister. Senior indigenous leader and member of Tripura royal family Jishnu Devvarma was named as Deputy CM. Devvarma is yet to win in an assembly seat as Charilam constituency, where he was slated to contest from, had polling countermanded after Left Front candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma expired of cardiac arrest one week before polls. The seat would now go to polls on March 12.

          ALSO READ: https://thenortheasttoday.com/tripura-lenins-statue-brought-down-from-the-heart-of-belonia-town-bjp-denies-allegations/

          IPFT general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia was not available for his comments. However, it is learnt that the discussion with Himanta today involved talks on cabinet berth distribution and that both parties emerged satisfied.

          BJP needs to come clear on Tipraland demand, questions Central Congress leadership

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            TNT Desk | March 7, 2018

            The Central leadership of the Congress party in Delhi has asked the BJP to come clear on the demand of Tipraland which its key ally IPFT is continuously making in the state of Tripura. The BJP had asked for state territorial council as well during the build up to the elections in Tripura whereby direct powers would be given to the Tribal dominated TTADC but after the victory everything has fallen silent.

            The AICC leadership from Delhi has asked for clarity in this issue.It may be mentioned that NC Debbarma led IPFT swept 8 out of the 9 seats that they contested in the tribal areas and the regional party demand was a singular demand of a separate Tribal state of Tipraland to be carved out of Tripura.

            ALSO READ: Assam minister Himanta meets IPFT leaders in Tripura, says ‘architecture of cooperation’ finalized

            The communist party in their manifesto had spoken for a united Tripura while the Congress in their manifesto had spoken of direct funding to the TTADC and Kok Borok in Roman script .

            The duality of BJP is clear like in Gorkhaland and other states where they speak in different voices in the Tribal areas and in another in non tribal areas .

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            Randeep Surjewalla the senior congress leader also asked if the BJP is seriously considering the demand of their ally IPFT of having a Tribal Chief Minister as there seems to be a lot of confusion on the issue. The confusion was however subsided when BJP state President Biplab Kumar Deb was named the Chief Ministerial candidate for Tripura.

            The CPI(M)’s downfall continued, especially after two journalists were killed and questions were raised pertaining to the law and order situation in the state while the demand for Tipraland was still burning, the BJP tactically grasped the changing political scenario in the state making an alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT). After decades of left rule, the state, for the first time, will have a BJP government with the support of IPFT.

             

            Meet the next Chief Minister and deputy CM of Tripura!

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              Agartala | March 6, 2018

              In a recent development in Tripura politics , it has come to light that Jishnu Deb Burman has been chosen as the Deputy Chief Minister.

              BJP state unit chief Biplab Deb will be the next Chief Minister of Tripura and Jishnu Deb his deputy. The announcement was made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who along with Jual Oram, was sent to Tripura as central observers.

              ALSO READ: Tripura politics update: IPFT supremo voices for indigenous CM; Oath taking ceremony on March 8

              This morning, Nitin Gadkari and Jual Oram had come to Agartala to finalize the names of legislative party leaders and other portfolios. However, nothing much was disclosed about the portfolio distribution other than the fact that Biplab Kr Deb would head the BJP legislative Party which makes it clear that he would be the Chief Minister of Tripura while the post of Deputy CM would be occupied by Jishnu Deb Burman.

              It may be noted that all 35 BJP MLAs as well as the core committee members of the BJP met at the state guest house in Agartala this morning. They will now be heading to the Governor’s house to stake claim to form the new government.

              Biplab Deb can very well be termed an ‘outsider’ in the state’s political landscape, but for the fact that he was born and brought up in south Tripura’s Udaipur. After graduating from Tripura University in the year 1999, Deb trained under RSS veteran KN Govindacharya and caught the attention of Sunil Deodhar, the BJP’s Tripura in-charge.

              Deb was made the president of the state BJP and in a very short period of time he caught the imagination of the electorate, displaying impressive oratory skills and an overall pleasing personality. In Deb, the anti-Left forces finally found an alternative to the formidable four-term chief minister Manik Sarkar.

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