Tripura: With Biplab Deb's swearing-in, first BJP government takes charge

Biplab Kumar Deb AFP

The Tripura BJP chief also touched upon allies Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) being miffed with the party over berth allocation and said, "We are not here to please the IPFT".

In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, Tripura, the Tripura Left Front Committee stated that it has made a decision to withdraw their candidate from the Charilam constituency election as the Election Commission (EC) has "not considered" its appeal for postponement of the election to the constituency due to various incidents of pre-poll violence. Till you restore normalcy Charilam election should be postponed but EC refused. While the toppling of Lenin's statue had been widely criticised, relationships between the two parties appeared to be on the mend when the BJP invited former CM Manik Sarkar to attend Biplab Deb's oath-taking ceremony. It was scheduled to be held on March 12.

"The situation in Charilam assembly constituency is horrifically bad due to excessive reign of terror since the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) got the majority in the election on Saturday", Left Front convener Bijan Dhar told the media. The 2018 #Tripura elections will be one such example. "Nineteen left leaders and cadres were reported to have been physically assaulted".

He said 25 people were arrested and legal action initiated against 34 others in the past week for perpetrating violence and other unlawful activities. The election campaign was over at 4 pm on Saturday. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, meanwhile, arrived in Tripura to visit areas affected by post-poll violence.

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But the start of the government appears to have had a rocky beginning as the BJP has refused IPFT's first request and now there is a doubt that the ally party will have to struggle for taking a nod of BJP on their demands.

Das said several thousand Left Front members and workers had been forcibly evicted from Charilam segment.

After the first meeting of the BJP council of ministers, headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy said names of the members of the expert committee would be announced soon.

Along with them, other leaders from the state are also allotted their portfolios for the state cabinet and they took an oath for the same. This had forced thousands of persons to take refuge elsewhere in the state.

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