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BJP says it is preparing to fight only the Tripura polls

The BJP is preparing to fight the next assembly elections in Tripura alone, a senior leader said on Saturday, after a strategy meeting attended by the party’s top in the region. The meeting, attended by BJP General Secretary (Organization) BL Santosh, Northeast Coordinator Sambit Patra, Tripura Leader Mahesh Sharma and Chief Minister Manik Saha brainstormed to prepare a roadmap for the assembly elections.

However, the BJP ruled out dumping its tribal party ally IPFT, which lost to Tipra Motha in the tribal body polls last year. Since then, there has been a constant desertion from IPFT to Tipra Motha, driven by the former Agartala princely family.

“During the meeting, there was an extensive discussion on various topics, from the party’s latest stance to the performance of the government and the activities of opposition,” BJP’s chief of state spokesman Subrata Chakraborty said at a news conference.

“It seems that the pulse of the people is with the BJP and the party is all set to achieve a massive victory in the parliamentary elections on its own,” he said. Chakraborty said the party wants to consolidate its base in every voting booth.

ÔÇťApart from the plains, we are strong enough in the hills to compete. Therefore, the party will prepare in such a way that it can only participate in the elections,” he said.

Clarifying later, Chakraborty said his party was not looking for a new electoral partner, and the electoral deal with the IPFT will continue as the BJP “never dumps an ally”.

Tripura’s meeting, consisting of 60 members, will go to the polls early next year. The BJP has 35 MLAs, while its ally IPFT has seven MLAs. Opposition CPI(M) has 15 MLAs and Congress has one MLA. There are two seats vacant.

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