After winning elections in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is eyeing toppling the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from power in Tripura. The North-Eastern state will witness assembly elections in the initial months of 2018. Senior party leader Sunil Deodhar says that he expects that the victory in two states will increase BJP’s chances of winning Tripura Assembly Elections 2018.
BJP President Amit Shah visited the North-Eastern state in May this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to campaign in the state once poll dates are announced.
“While the situation in Tripura has been changing fast in the recent weeks, the BJP’s resounding victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will now directly impact upon the party’s prospects in the ensuing elections here. While people fed up with decades of CPI(M) rule in Tripura were looking for an alternative, Monday’s victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have given the people the final direction to oust the Left Front,” The Indian Express quoted Deodhar as saying.
The ambitions of the saffron party soared higher as it became the main opposition party in the state assembly after six Trinamool Congress MLAs joined it in August.
“A number of people who were with the Left Front, and more particularly with the CPI(M) have started switching over to the BJP. This has so much worried the CPI(M) that a number of such people have been attacked,” said Deodhar.