The ruling BJP’s candidate Pratima Bhowmik filed her nomination today for West Tripura Lok Sabha seat. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma accompanied Pratima while campaigning for her around town.
Thousands of people from different corners of the town of all thirty segments of West Tripura gathered in front of the Rabindra Shata Varshiki Bhawan before the rally started moving towards the office of the DM (West) where the nomination was to be filed. Senior BJP MLAs and ministers including Ratan Lal Nath, Sudip Roy Barman, Pranjit Singha Roy, Dilip Das, Sushanta Chowdhury, Asish Saha , Ram Prasad Paul, Krishnadhan Das and all leaders of BJP’s frontal organizations including Papiya Dutta were present for the rally.
MLAs Dilip Sarkar and Surajit Dutta could not join the procession due to unfavourable health condition.
Rebati Mohan from East Tripura (ST) seat is expected to file her nomination on or before March 26 and will also be supported by other ministers and MLAs.
Elections in the state will be held in two phases on April 11 and April 18. Counting of votes will take place on March 23.
The Election Commission has decided to set up polling stations at Kanmon in Kanchapur subdivision of Tripura for Bru voters in six relief camps. However, Young Mizo Association along with civil societies and NGOs in Mizoram have strongly objected this move of the EC.
They have protested against this and stated that Bru voters should not be allowed to cast their vote if they do not return to their homeland.
On the contrary, the three ‘ refugee’ bodies have demanded for setting up of polling booths in Panisagar and Kanchapur so as to exercise their democratic right.
In this regard, two teams from the EC teams is arriving in the state where one team will consult the matter with the state election authority and another will visit Kanmon to see the ground reality.
The chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday called Congress a ‘gang of corrupt and dishonest people’ at a gathering of BJP workers in Tripura’s Pratapgarh.
Deb said that the Congress and CPM together have looted the country.
He said that in the previous assembly elections, local Congress leaders and workers could have ensured the defeat of the Left Front government in state. But the top leadership of the party did not allow that to happen.
In 2013, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had cancelled their rally in Tripura just before the assembly election to help the CPM. Otherwise, the communists would have lost the election, said Deb.
Without mentioning Subal Bhowmik, who left BJP on Tuesday, Deb said,”Bhowmik told the media that workers do not know whom to contact in the party in case of a personal need, as BJP leaders don’t have any power. The fact is, nobody needs to approach any political leader to get things done. We have brought transparency to governance, a system has been put in place to look after the needs and grievances of citizens. It seems some leaders are not happy with this.”
Deb was also confident that the BJP would return to power at the Centre.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the RSS would not be allowed to run the country and it is the people of the country, particularly the northeast region, would govern their land and nation.
“The (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government wants the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) from Nagpur would run the country and the northeast region. Congress would, in no way, allow this.
“People of the country and the northeast region would govern their land and nation,” Gandhi said at an election rally in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council headquarters Khumulwng, 15 km north of Agartala.
He said that the Lok Sabha election would be fought between Congress’ ideology of inclusiveness and love and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “nafrat” (hatred), and accused the latter of destroying India’s culture, history and language.
Gandhi, in his around 25 minute speech in Hindi, claimed that when farmers fought to seek waiver of their loans, Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there are no such norms, while letting of lakhs of crores of businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others.
Citing how the UPA government had waived farmers’ loan of Rs 70,000 crore and how the new Congress governments in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan waived loans in two days, instead of the 10 days sought, he attacked the Modi government of helping “all thieves of India loot the people’s hard-earned money”, of causing loss of jobs for youth and removing the Central Bureau of Investigation Director when the agency wanted to probe the Rafale jet deal.
“Narendra Modi deprived the people, specially the farmers and the poor, and gave huge benefit to many industrial tycoons. We would give benefit to the people after the Congress come to the government,” he added.
He also attacked demonetisation. “An eight-year-old child even understand the terrible affect of Modi’s demonetisation, but he does not realised how much he had destroyed by his hasty decision.”
Noting BJP President Amit Shah had said his party would again bring the Citizenship Bill if it comes to power, Gandhi asserted the Congress would steadfastly oppose it as it “is against the interests of the people of northeast and other parts of the country”.
He promised to restore the special status to all the northeastern states which the Modi government had revoked it if the party come to power after the elections.
State Congress President Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarman, Congress Secretary Bhupen Bora, and tribal leader Animesh Debbarma among others also addressed the rally.
Party sources had earlier said during his stay, the Congress chief would announce his party’s candidates for the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura, but it was not done.
Gandhi launched his second phase of Congress’ election campaign in the northeast from Arunachal Pradesh, went to Manipur on Tuesday and in the last leg of his visit, arrived here on Wednesday. He left for Delhi from here.
Tripura government on Tuesday sounded an alert after the death of five members of a family due to Nipah virus attack in a Bangladesh village bordering West Bengal, an official said here.
The Tripura government issued a notice to all district chief medical officers Monday to stay sensitized and alert on any impending Nipah virus attack in the state.
The alert was sounded to all district chief medical officers, Joint Director of Family Welfare and Preventive Medicine Dr P Chatterjee said.
“Five persons of a family died in Bangladesh due to Nipah virus attack. The deaths occurred near the West Bengal border, not the international border adjoining Tripura. Since the incident occurred in Bangladesh, Government of India asked us to stay alert,” the official said.
Nipah virus usually transmits from infected bats carrying the virus.
Drinking raw date palm sap is the most common way of transmission of the virus and the health department notice advised people not to drink that sap.