No development in Tripura under CPM 'misrule': Amit Shah

Home minister Rajnath Singh addresses a gathering during a rally in Agartala. The BJP has mounted its most serious challenge to capture power in Tripura for the first time

The non-tribals, who constitute about 66 per cent of Tripura's population, are increasingly anxious over the state's integrity following the BJP's alliance with the IPFT.

Mr. Shah said that BJP is sure to win in the State and added that there is too much anger among people against the "mis-governance and failures" of Left-front government. Shah, who is in the state to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections scheduled to take place on February 18, further alleged that Congress is trying to divide the anti-CPM vote to prevent BJP from coming to power.

Along with Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland are also going to polls.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which had faced a jolt previous year in the state after six of its MLAs joined the BJP, has formed an alliance with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) and the National Conference of Tripura for the upcoming election.

Seeking to refute charges of many states including Left-ruled Tripura that the Centre is not providing due funds to the states and curtailing financial support to many central sponsored schemes, he said that the present government provides funds irrespective of all political situations in the state.

The manifesto "Vision Document Tripura 2018" said Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be be set up in the state for sectors like food processing, bamboo, IT and textiles. "In view of his government's misrule and BJP's negative role in the past four years, he should not criticise others", Congress General Secretary C.P. Joshi told the media. They suspect the BJP, for the sake of alliance, might have given in to the IPFT's long-standing demand for the creation of a separate state for the tribals. "The government of "Lal Bhai" and its cadres have looted Tripura for 25 years in the name of development..."

Meanwhile, the BJP promised one job opportunity to every family through reviving and establishing industries, promoting IT industry, bringing foreign and domestic investors etc.

The BJP president also accused CPM of resorting to violence against its party workers and said that there is an atmosphere of fear in the state.

On Sunday, the National President of the BJP held two road shows in the state followed by three election rallies.

The BJP is contesting 51 out of the 60 Assembly seats, while its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is fighting on nine seats. He claimed his party would win the February 18 poll defeating all counteracts and violent means adopted by the Left.