Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Thursday said ‘development’ would be the main poll plank of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming assembly polls and claimed that the party would win more than 50 seats. Elections to the 60-member Tripura assembly are to be held on February 16. “Wherever I go, I see smiles on people’s faces because they have got the benefit of the double engine government of the BJP (state and centre),” Saha said amid door-to-door campaigning in his constituency town Bardovali. The kind of response we are getting from people, I am sure BJP will win more than 50 seats.”
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Saha claimed that people want the pace of development to continue for the betterment of the northeastern state. He said, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state has seen development on all fronts – from roads to internet and railways. We are confident that the public will once again play a major role in forming the BJP government.” Taking a dig at the Communist Party of India (Marxist) i.e. CPI(M)-Congress alliance, the Chief Minister claimed that people would definitely reject their “unholy” alliance.
He said, “I wonder how the parties which were once staunch opponents in the state politics will go door to door to seek votes. They will be reduced to zero in the upcoming elections because of their opportunism.” Rejecting the opposition’s allegations of deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Saha said he did not have real issues to talk about.
On BJP’s ally IPFT’s move to initiate talks with Tipra Motha, Saha said that the party has also written a letter to the BJP for talks. “We will hold a meeting with IPFT leaders soon and know their views on alliance or seat-sharing,” he said.
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