Among North Eastern states of India, Tripura is the only state to be ruled by the Communists. The Manik Sarkar government has been on a strong foothold backed by regimented members of CPIM.
The upcoming Assembly Elections in Tripura has become a matter of serious debate. The BJP is trying level to snatch the Communist state and in this regard, they are well aware of the importance of the state as well.
If the Manik Sarkar government loses in the election, it will pave for an all BJP route in the North East. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s very recent rally in Tripura is a true testament to that.
Attacking the Left Front government in the state, Modi remarked, “The BJP government was the first, after independence, to take forceful multi-pronged steps to develop North East India.” No doubt, Tripura is integral to the central government’s ‘Look East’ policy.
The political history of Tripura is no less interesting either! Tripura has been a left bastion altogether since 1978. Barring those five years in between 1988 and 1993, the Left Front government has been ruling the state with utmost authority.
If PM Narendra Modi has to adopt conducive policies for bilateral cooperation with Southeast Asia and the ASEAN group, it is important for BJP to clinch Tripura. As of now, the party doesn’t have a significant electoral base.
No doubt, it is going to be a mammoth task for BJP to dethrone Manik Sarkar who has been the chief minister of Tripura since 1998. It remains to be seen whether PM Modi’s acronym HIRA – Highway, Iways, Roads and Airways will bring dividends in the upcoming Assembly Elections for BJP.