Sending a strong message to the ruling Left Front in Tripura the Bharatiya Janata Party central executives made it clear that the saffron party will go all out to bring the fourth northeastern state under its fold.
The central executives that met in Bhubaneswar reviewed the political situation of the state along with other national issues and resolved to formulate a special strategy with an aim to oust the leftist from their bastion in the state assembly election scheduled for early next year.
‘The national president of the party Amit Shah had a separate session with the representatives of Tripura in the side line of the central executive meeting and informed that he will visit the state personally on May 6 to have an on the spot study of the situation’, state BJP president Biplab Deb told the reporters.
The party is giving special emphasis to Tripura when it included newly elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a panel of three Chief Ministers to guide the party here. Yogi’s inclusion bears special significance as the Gorakhyanath Temple Yogi is heading to have a good following in the state.
Two other Chief Ministers in the panel are Shivraj Singh Chauhan of Madhya Pradesh and Raghuvir Das of Jharkhand.
In another significant development the BJP has entrusted its master strategist and party general secretary Ram Madhab to keep close watch on Tripura. He will be visiting Tripura on April 26 to attend the party’s state committee meeting to be held at Dharmanagar in North Tripura considered to be one of the party’s strongholds in the state.
Sources in the party said the central leadership also decided to use Rajasthan Chief Minister Basundhara Raje Sindhia whose family have a close relation with the Royal family of Tripura and the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonwal for campaigning.
The sources further said the party has decided not to forge alliance with any regional party and there is no chance to alter the decision. However, the party will keep its door open for leaders and workers of the tribal based regional parties. The finance minister of Assam Himanat Biswa Sharma has been entrusted with a special task to rope in the tribal leaders in the party and likely to visit Tripura frequently for next few months.