Amid the frantic campaign ahead of June 23 for four seats in the assembly, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha said on Monday he had not been appointed prime minister by central leaders for three months, or seven months, and would be in the lead. position in the Council elections early next year.
The statement of Saha, who took office on May 15, a day after Biplap Kumar Deep’s resignation from the top post, is very significant as the Tripura Assembly elections are expected to take place around eight months from now (February 2023).
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chairman JP Nada have broadened their confidence in me. This is not the right platform to reveal everything,” Saha said at a party meeting as part of his campaign.
The 69-year-old Congress-turned-BJP leader, who is vying from the Bordawali Town Assembly constituency against five other candidates, is also the state party chief and a Rajya Sabha member.
Saha, who is running for the first time, must become a member of the council within six months.
Former Prime Minister Deep also held a meeting with Nadia in New Delhi on Saturday and had another meeting with Kailash Vijayvarja, National General Secretary of the BJP, Tripura Party Leader Vinod Sunkar in Agartala on Monday.
“In all of these meetings, we discussed strategies related to by-elections,” Depp wrote on Twitter.
Left parties, Congress and Trinamool Congress also campaigned in all four assembly seats – Bordawale Town, Agartala, Jubarajnagar and Surma (SC).
Trinamool National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee will visit Tripura on Tuesday to lead the campaign as his party fielded candidates in all four seats.
Trinamool spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said Banerjee will take part in the road show and will address an election meeting as well.
Trinamol filed a series of complaints with the Election Commission about political violence prior to the nominations.
“The BJP’s dismissal of a chief minister before the elections shows that the issues we have raised in the past few months are valid. The residents of Tripura now need a change of government and not just board members. Those who think it is acceptable to increase prices of basic commodities and fuel can vote for the BJP Ghosh told the media that those who want to remove the BJP for its mismanagement should vote for Trinamol.
The use of secondary trains was necessitated by the resignation of three BJP MLAs and the death of CPI-M legislator Ramendra Chandra Depnath.
Amid the discontent of a section of the BJP legislators against the then CM Deep, three Confederation of Trade Unions – Sudip Roy Barman, Ashis Kumar Saha and Ashis Das – withdrew from the BJP and the House of Representatives.
Roy Barman, a former BJP minister, Saha joined Congress in February of this year while Das joined Trinamol last year. Das also resigned from Trinamol last month.
Roy Barman and Saha compete this time from the precincts of the Agartala and Town Bordawale assembly, respectively, for congressional tickets.
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