Agartala: With the growing discontent in the ruling BJP, central leadership has sent four leaders today led by the central observer of Tripura Vinod Kumar Sonkar on a week-long visit in an attempt to cease the factional squabble within the party and government.
The team included BJP’s National General Secretary Dilip Saikia, Northeastern Zonal Secretary (Organization) Ajay Jamwal, general secretary (Assam and Tripura) Phanindranath Sarma.
The leaders will hold a meeting with the state BJP core committee members and discuss with the ministers and MLAs separately followed by all the frontal wings of BJP and leaders of the alliance partner IPFT to find a way out to bridge the difference among the leaders and dissidence against the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
The union minister of state for social justice and empowerment who was elected from West Tripura parliamentary constituency Pratima Bhowmik arrived this morning to join the leaders reportedly with some specific instructions from Delhi. During the four days stay of central leaders, Biplab Kumar Deb is scheduled to go for his long due cabinet expansion, party sources said.
After the removal of prominent and well-accepted leader Sudip Roybarman from the cabinet two years ago, a group of MLAs and BJP senior leaders became annoyed and dissident against the Chief Minister. They have continuously been raising voices against the inefficiency of the Chief Minister and his vendetta politics and continuously persuading the party’s national leadership to replace Deb, but nothing yielded yet.
Meanwhile, A day before the visit of the central team, BJP legislator Sudip Roybarman along with his team yesterday held a meeting with representatives of his followers from each of the 60 assembly constituencies here where the leaders have revolted against the government and present BJP leadership, which has increased pressure on the party.
Roybarman has alleged that a large number of workers and cadres of the ruling party in every constituency have been getting frustrated due to lack of coordination and interaction with the party leaders and government that offered an opportunity for the opposition to grow. Recently, violence and terror incidents in opposition and no action against the criminals have indicated total lawlessness in Tripura.
The BJP leaders from the grass-root however, alleged that the ministers and most of the ruling party MLAs have been ignoring the interest of the party and the supporters in their respective constituencies instead of getting involved in persuading personal agendas and business interests.