- Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath has joined BJP on Friday
- Before this, Himani Debbarma of Congress also becomes a part of BJP
- A small section of the ruling CPI-M also joined the BJP
Tripura is preparing for the Legislative Assembly Elections and the political parties are also planning to keep the best foot forward, but what if their own leaders ditch them and join other parties? Same has happened with Congress in Tripura whose MLA has become a part of BJP.
Two Congress leaders join BJP
Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath, on Friday, joined the BJP here ahead of the Assembly elections due next year.
This is not the first time when any leader has left Congress in the state as before this, the president of Tripura unit of Pradesh Mohila Congress and councillor of Agartala Municipal Council (AMC), Himani Debbarma, also joined the BJP recently.
Ram Madhav, General Secretary of the BJP, on Friday inducted Nath into the party by handing over the saffron flag. The other new recruits were received by State BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb.
With the induction of Nath, the total number of MLAs of the saffron party in Tripura’s 60-member House rose to seven.
Earlier, six MLAs from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) who had won with Congress tickets, joined the saffron party in August this year.
State media in-charge Victor Shome said, altogether, 1,000 people from 350 families from West Tripura district today joined the BJP.
Nath claimed that he switched allegiance to the BJP to crush “corruptions of CPI-M” and see a BJP government in the state in the Assembly elections to be held early next year.
“The Tripura government, headed by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, has become the applied centre of corruption, and Sarkar is the main abettor,” Nath said in his speech.
“Tripura would be the 20th state in the country to be ruled by the BJP because majority of people in the state were dreaming of a BJP government,” Ram Madhav said.
“Our battle cry is to form a Marxists-free government because they are violent. At least five BJP workers were murdered in recent time,” he added.
Apart from this, a small section of ruling CPI-M has also joined BJP giving it more strength to win the majority in the state Assembly.