Agartala: After over one and a half months of the Tripura assembly election result, the opposition CPI-M came out with a statement on Friday that the TIPRA Motha party of royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman has secured the victory of the BJP by dividing opposition votes, claimed CPI-M state secretary Jitendra Chaudhury here on Friday.
The CPI-M party had constituted a constituency-level committee to review the election result, which appeared to be conclusive and was submitted to the state committee, Chaudhury said, adding, “After a detailed discussion and verification of facts, the report has been accepted. It revealed that CPI(M)-Congress combined lost at least 16 seats in the 60-member assembly to TIPRA in 22 non-reserved seats beyond tribal reservations.
Had TIPRA not contested the general seats and eaten away the tribal votes in those seats, the BJP would have confined its victory to 11 constituencies only.
The CPI(M) and Congress have joined hands to fight against the misrule of the BJP, where TIPRA Motha was one of the stakeholders. Repeatedly, they announced their anti-BJP stand, in the election but finally, it came in reverse, which not only harmed the opposition parties but also affected their tally.
“The BJP lost at least 11 per cent of its vote share in the election compared to its 2018 score and was able to form the government with 39 per cent votes and 33 seats. TIPRA Motha had the impression that they would be the deciding factor in the government, but it went wrong and the BJP secured a comfortable victory,” Chaudhury pointed out.
He went on to claim that in the 22 non-reserved seats, even if Motha candidates got 100 percent of the tribal votes, they would not have won in any of the constituencies, but they gave a chance to the BJP in these constituencies.
However, still, left parties believed whatever happened in the past needed to be rectified and continued to fight unitedly against the anti-people rule of the BJP in the state.
“We tried sincerely to reconcile with TIPRA Motha till the last moment. Unfortunately, there was no compromise. It’s true, Motha was against BJP even though they did not join the Left-Congress alliance. But some of their highest-level leaders secretly helped BJP for their personal gain,” Chaudhury mentioned.