PTI | Agartala | March 4, 2018
Outgoing Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar submitted his resignation to governor Tathagata Roy in Agartala on Sunday, a day after the CPI(M)-led Left Front was dethroned by the BJP-IPFT coalition after nearly 25 years in power.
The governor advised Sarkar, who was chief minister since 1998, to continue until the new chief minister takes oath.
Coming out of the Raj Bhavan, Sarkar told reporters that he and his ministers would not have been able to run the government for so many years unless the people and the employees extended their cooperation to them.
He expressed gratitude to the people of the state and the staff members of the state administration.
The BJP-IPFT combine scripted history on Saturday by winning the Tripura Assembly polls with a two-third majority, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI(M)-led Left Front in the northeastern state.
The BJP and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) won 43 seats and the CPI(M) won 16. Election on 59 seats of the 60-member assembly was held on 18 February. Polling was countermanded in one seat due to death of a CPI(M) candidate.
By Our Correspondent
AGARTALA: Decimating the 25 year old Left Front government in Tripura to the tatters, opposition BJP today swept the state assembly polls by winning 43 out of 59 assembly seats that went to elections on Feb 18.
As per office of CEO Sriram Taranikanti, BJP candidates emerged victorious in 35 seats while their ally – Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) won 8 seats out of nine in which they contested. Left Front biggies including Transport Minister Manik Dey, Agriculture Minister Aghore Debbarma lost to BJP candidates.
Counting started at 8 AM today in twenty counting centers across the state. Fifty nine seats went to polls in the state; elections was suspended at Charilam constituency after Left Front candidate expired of cardiac arrest one week before polls. The seat would now go to polls on March 12.
As per latest information, BJP secured 43 percent of all votes cast during polling process while IPFT bagged 7.5 percent of the votes. CPIM secured 42.7 percent votes, trailing shortly behind BJP.
However, in terms of seats won, CPIM got only 16 seats. The Left Front won 50 seats in 2013 assembly polls and increased the bag by one more constituency after it won Barjala assembly constituency in a by-election in 2016.
Reacting to the poll results, CPIM state secretary Bijan Dhar said this evening that the result was ‘unexpected’. He expressed dissatisfaction at the poll outcome and said the results didn’t match peoples’ support which was seen during campaigning.
“We shall review the poll outcome and find out the reasons that led to this”, Dhar told a press conference this evening.
He also said that his party would review possibilities of ‘digital manipulations’ indicating at possible tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). The communist party earlier lodged complaints with the ECI over EVM tampering several times, especially after BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb drew controversy over one of his comments last year where he said votes would be credited to ‘lotus’ symbol even if Chief Minister Manik Sarkar cast his vote for CPIM.
Pradesh Congress spokesperson Harekrishna Bhowmik congratulated voters for voting against Left Front and said his party ‘welcomed’ mandate of the people. He said Congress would assess poll results in an AICC Plenary meeting that would start from March 16.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav thanked voters for voting in favour of his party and said BJP would ensure that proper and stable government was ensured for the people.
He said his party owned credit of the victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and other leaders who ‘toiled hard’ to achieve the results.
Colourful celebrations were seen in the streets of Agartala since late afternoon today as final results of assembly constituencies in Agartala city and its suburbs were getting announced. “We are happy the communists are not out of power”, Bimal Sutradhar, a youngman of 32, said at IGM Chowmuhani here, where BJP supporters were seen playing with saffron ‘gulal’ and dancing to the tunes of victory numbers.
BJP emerged as major challenger to the Left Front with aggressive poll promises that included introduction of 7th Pay Commission benefits, higher labour wage rates, employment for all among other key issues.
Tripura Daily News Desk | March 4, 2018
Camping in the CPI(M) bastion for 603 days, bringing in the poll slogan “Chalo paltai” or “Let us change” and busting the myth about Manik Sarkar being the poorest Chief Minister in India- All this and more was definitely not a child’s play for Mumbaikaar Sunil Deodhar as Mumbai Mirror reports.
So important was his role in ending 25 years of the Left Front’s rule in the state that BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav did not hesitate to publicly acknowledge his role at the first press conference at Agartala on Saturday morning.
Here are some facts you need to know about the man:
Loaned to BJP in 2005, the RSS pracharak reached out to people through his NGO, My Home India, which works for the rehabilitation of migrant children. He ensured that Union ministers visited frequently, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah also made several trips.
Originally from Maharashtra, Deodhar was in charge of Varanasi when Modi contested the seat in the 2014 general election. Shah then assigned him the difficult task of Tripura. As a pracharak, Deodhar had worked extensively in the north-east, especially Meghalaya, for eight years in the 1990s.
Deodhar spent 15 days every month in the state, and learnt the Kokborok language, which helped strike a chord with the community that forms about 31% of the state’s population.
His first ‘posting’ in the Northeast was as an RSS pracharak in 1991. He was appointed national convener of a BJP cell dedicated to the North East set up by Nitin Gadkari when he was the party president in 2011.
The death of Chandra Mohan Tripura, one of BJP’s key functionaries turned the tide against CPI(M).
“…We launched a massive agitation all over the state and in all 60 constituencies, we organised protest processions with people carrying urns containing his ashes. More than 42,000 courted arrest on one day across the state in protest against the murder. This had never happened in Tripura. The agitation mobilized people and channelized the latent anger against CPI(M)’s misrule to support for the BJP,” said Deodhar in an interview to Swarajya.
Deodhar also set up a social media cell with a dedicated team sending messages on Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms. That garnered a lot of support from the youth. In contrast, the CPI(M), made up of old and ageing leaders not conversant with the latest technologies, had virtually no presence on social media.
Deodhar also coined catchy slogans like “chalo paltai (come, let’s change (our rulers)” and “Tripura teh gorib more, mukhya mantri chopper a chorey (while the poor die in Tripura, the chief minister rides a chopper)” that became hits.
Featured Image Courtesy: Sunil Deodhar Facebook Page
Tripura Election Result 2018 latest figures: As BJP emerge victorious, CPI(M) alleges massive manipulation
Agartala, March 3, 2018
The final tally of poll count for Tripura Assembly Election 2018 is still remains uncertain as counting of polls in the incumbent Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s constituency Dhanbad has been stopped after CPI(M) alleged that the BJP created ruckus in some of the booths in said constitiency. However, as per latest updates, Manik Sarkar is still leading as of now.
However, what remains certain is that the BJP has ousted the Left rule after 25 long years thereby creating a wave election under the motto of ‘Chalo Paltai’.
Given the present count of votes, the tally stands as under:
The total number of seats confirmed stands at 57 out of the 60 member Assembly constituency.
It may be mentioned that the poll has been postponed at Charilam constituency after the death of CPI(M) candidate candidate Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma. The constituency will vote on March 12.
Press Statement | March 3, 2018
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement: