Mamata Banerjee’s politics in recent times has been that of vengeance and unnecessary opposition. She opposed demonetisation vehemently, many of her leaders are accused of corruption and are facing action by investigation agencies, and her recent aggression against Gorkhas has put her in negative light.
Now, she’s been dealt a severe blow by her MLAs in Tripura who’ve officially joined the BJP. TMC had axed these six MLAs for ‘anti-party activities’ after they decided to vote for Ram Nath Kovind.This will be a huge bonus for the BJP as assembly polls in the state are scheduled in the first half of 2018.
The Tripura assembly is dominated by communists. BJP has never made any inroads into the assembly prior to this. The BJP has never won an assembly in a Marxist-ruled state, but for the first time it seems like the BJP could be a major player in the state.
The TMC legislators led by Sudip Roy Barman met BJP chief Amit Shah in New Delhi on August 5. Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP’s Tripura in-charge Sunil Deodhar and state president Biplab Kumar Deb were also present in the meeting.
“Meeting of Amit Shah with the MLAs was just a courtesy. They would join BJP today during a rally near (Tripura capital Agartala’s) Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan,”said Biplab Kumar Deb.
Many TMC members from different parts of the state are also expected to join BJP along with the six TMC legislators.
The BJP is making fast progress in North-Eastern states, the credit of which not only goes to the top leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, but in great deal to Himanta Biswa Sharma who joined the party prior to the Assam polls. He has been working relentlessly in the region to spread BJP’s presence and has been immensely successful.
BJP’s coming into power in the North-East is not only seen as imperative for the party leadership, but it is also extremely crucial from a national security perspective. Only the BJP can expedite projects of infrastructure in the region to counter China’s aggression and logistical superiority. With communists in power, one can expect them to have a soft spot for China that can never bode well for India’s security interests.