BJP will form the next govt in Tripura, says Amit Shah

"As per the joint statement for alliance between BJP and IPFT (NC Debbarma faction of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra), we are committed to ensuring socio-economic, linguistic and cultural development of indigenous people of Tripura", Union finance minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after releasing the BJP's "Vision Document" for the state.

The CPI (M)-led Left Front is in power in the north eastern state in a row since 1993.

The non-tribals, who constitute about 66 per cent of Tripura's population, are increasingly anxious over the state's integrity following the BJP's alliance with the IPFT.

Criticising the opposition Congress, Shah said that the party was trying to divide the anti-Left votes in the state for favouring CPI-M, but that would not work.

Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah on Sunday said his party would make Tripura a "model state" within five years if it is voted to power.

The "Swarnajug" or golden age in Tripura, as claimed by the ruling CPM, was a "failure", he said, while describing the BJP's promises of "acche din" as "treachery".

Mr Jaitley said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the country to develop, which is why the BJP in Tripura has focused more on development issues in its vision document. "Before the left took over power in the state, the figure was 25,000", Shah said.

Shah also promised to establish one degree College in each constituency of the state.

The senior BJP leader also announced that an adequate number of multi-speciality hospitals and an AIIMS-like hospital would be set up in the state.

Besides, the vision document also promises to bring a change in the lives of people of Tripura by generating employment opportunities. Taking a leaf out of Communist party's book the BJP has released the "Vision Document" ahead of the 2018 elections.

Joshi said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address election rallies in the state on February 16, the last date of campaigning. It has left nine seats for its electoral ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The results will be out on 3 March, along with the poll outcomes in Meghalaya and Nagaland.

  • Rogelio Becker