Agartala: The election result of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) has exposed Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb badly, which costs the ruling BJP heavily in the state within three years in power, alleged the dissident leaders of the party here Sunday.
Deb kept away the experienced MLAs and leaders from the electioneering of ADC since the beginning, instead, he had depended on a few of his followers but not popular among tribals. None of his team members except for Social Welfare Minister Santana Chakma and Shambhu Lal Chakma could bring a single seat for BJP, they observed.
Because of Biplab Kumar Deb’s sectarian politics, Deputy Chief Minister and most popular BJP leader in the state in both hills and plains defaced in the ADC election. The same thing happened with Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath, MP Rebati Tripura, MLA Rampada Jamatia and Dr Atul Debbarma. All of them returned empty-handed.
On the other, the anti-Biplab leaders of BJP like MLA D C Hrangkhawal, Burbu Mohan Tripura, Pramod Reang and MP Pratima Bhowmik have been able to win as many as nine seats for BJP in the ADC poll. The artificial and fabricated affection of the Chief Minister with the tribals has appeared to hurt the sentiment of innocent minds of the indigenous people of the state.
Besides, non-implementation of poll promises and activities of Chief Minister by-passing the popular MLAs and leaders was the apparent reason for the humiliating defeat of BJP in ADC election despite having 10 out of 20 tribal reserved seats, a senior BJP leader commented adding that IPFT has also suffered from the causality of persuading personal interest of two top leaders of IPFT and ministers with Biplab Kumar Deb.
“Now, team Biplab is working hard to convince central leadership that BJP lost the game because of IPFT but we have also sent our report to Delhi explaining the reasons for defeat in ADC. Had BJP fought alone with the help of all MLAs, certainly, lotus could bloom in ADC. But it was Biplab Deb who didn’t make it happen just to secure his chair. We shall wait till the results of ongoing elections to five states for the response of central BJP leadership to change the Chief Minister; otherwise, we shall think differently,” the leader argued.