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Infighting weakens BJP in Tripura
TIWN Jan 5, 2020
Infighting weakens BJP in Tripura
PHOTO : BJP rally (File)

AGARTALA, Jan 5 (TIWN): Infightings between the party members including top Ministers and MLA’s are in headlines from long back. BJP’s two top leaders, Tripura CM Biplab Deb and Ex-Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman are against each other. The situation is so worst that Ex-Health Minister and present MLA of BJP conducted a huge rally and gathering against own BJP Party centering the topic of “rising crime against women in the state”. Even without naming anyone he strongly criticized the administration and party workers for their “silent” role in above said matter. Tripura BJP under Biplab Deb’s government also gave strong reply to Sudip Barman’s apolitical rally, arranged a rally one day prior to his rally claiming that law and order situation is perfectly fine in the state under BJP governance.

From long time back clashes were going on between Tripura CM Biplab Deb and Ex- Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman. Previously too Barman criticized on various works done by BJP in Tripura. Also claiming him to have done works against BJP Party, Barman had been defamed and suspended from the post of Health Minister. 
There was a probability that after been put off from the council of ministers, Barman would join Congress, but nothing such happened. He remained in BJP Party and continued his fights against odd BJP JUMLA’s works. 
Friday the Rebel political leader Sudip Roy Barman called upon a march protest against atrocities on women,claiming it to be highly apolitical and that there was no political agenda behind it. Thousands of people hit the streets on Friday, in response to a call by ruling party BJP MLA and ousted minister Sudip Roy Barman. Ruling MLA Ashish Kumar Saha also joined the rally on Friday afternoon. He reiterated that his programme was completely apolitical. 
But there is no doubt that the termed “apolitical rally” was actually a hit to the ruling party. 
 Condemning the “apolitical” rally of the ruling BJP legislator Sudip Roy Barman which was slated for Friday, thousands of women on Thursday hit the streets here to show solidarity against crimes faced by women. Allegations were raised by Soma Majumder against Barman, then a Congress MLA, failed to redress her grievances and suggested that she patch up with the culprits.
There is a section within party, including senior ministers, that fell out with Chief Minister and State party president Biplab Deb and silently waiting for him to falter. This coupled with normal anti-incumbency following one-year rule might see a flight of votes from the BJP to the Congress.
Incidentally, Tripura is probably the only BJP State where both the top posts are held by the same person. The combination might  have worked for the bureaucrats, who are enjoying a free run often at the embarrassment of the minister, but the party might suffer in the election.

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