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A conflict for power within the BJP in Tripura is brewing and the Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb is trying to divert the attention of the public from the failure of the government, said CPI (M) state secretary Gautam Das.
Das was reacting to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb's intention of seeking the ‘people’s mandate’ on December 13 through a public gathering at ‘Stable ground’ in Agartala.
“While the people of Tripura are suffering from acute crisis, death out of starvation, the state government is busy over tussle for power,” he claimed.
The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the BJP-led government in Tripura, has asserted that the party will not be dragged into this mess.
Tripura Revenue Minister and IPFT leader NC Debbarma, while reacting to the CM’s call, said, “It is not right to drag the government into this. This should be a matter of parliamentary democracy."
A section of BJP functionaries and their supporters had, on Saturday, raised ‘Biplab Hotao, Tripura Bachao’ ( Expel Biplab, Save Tripura’) slogan at the State Guest House when BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh and newly appointed prabhari (in charge) of Tripura, Provari Binod Sonkar was taking stock of organisational activities.
Reacting to this, Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday sought ‘people’s mandate’ to remain as the chief minister of Tripura.
“Whether I continue or I am to go, it’s up to you; deliver your mandate. I will be at Stable Ground (Vivekananda Maidan) on Tuesday at 2 pm, and your word will be communicated to the high command,” he said.
BJP leaders rush to CM residence on Dec 9
Meanwhile, state BJP leaders on Wednesday rushed to the official residence of the chief minister to discuss matters which was not divulged to the media.
Tripura Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath informed that different issues were raised in the meeting but refused to divulge further information.
Sources informed that a total of 24 MLAs met the chief minister to extend their support.