BJP offers sop similar to UP to communist-ruled Tripura in north-east
Agartala: The success achieved by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh by offering sops to farmers has prompted the party to make a similar promise to government employees in the north-eastern state of Tripura,
In tune with the northern state, party president Amit Shah, who has been frequently visiting the state to put more states in the north-east under his bag , has promised to implement the recommendations of the seventh Pay Commission for state government employees in Tripura soon after victory.
"The decision to pay salary and allowance as per the recommendation of the Commission will be taken at the first cabinet meeting if the party is voted to power", he has promised. The party had fulfilled the promise made in UP the same way.
This promise was made possibly in view of a demonstration held by government employees in support of the demand here earlier.
The party may not end the 24-yer-old CPM rule but is likely to do much better in the assembly elections in the state early next year.Recent developments are pointers.
The party had held a public meeting on Sunday which was attended, according to
a conservative estimate, by more than 25,000 people. The meeting was held at Kumarghat in the northern part of the state.
In the light of the fact that the state has a total population of 37 lakhs, the attendance is noteworthy for all concerned.
The road-show organised here with Shah in the lead was equally impressive. The party has been organising such shows regularly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's road-show in Bhubaneshwar last month.
The party has recently formed government in another north-eastern state of Manipur. This may also help the party as migrants from Manipur account for about eight per cent of the total population of this state and they may largely support the party.
The BJP has taken some other decisions to queer the pitch for the Communist Party of India ( Marxist) which has Tripura as the second state after Kerala in the country under its rule. The party has drafted six chief ministers to campaign in the state during next two months.
Six political heads of the states who will campaign here include Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Jhakhand chief minister Raghuwar Das.
The BJP's hope to do better is based on improved performance of the party in the by-election held in Khowal assembly constituency in November last. It has been emboldened by victory in assembly elections in Manipur recently and formation of government there. It is the third state ruled by the party in the north-east.
It has enrolled two lakh members in the state so far and the membership drive is still continuing to make the victory task difficult for the ruling party which has been improving its seat tally
since 1998. From 38 in the year 1998 it went up to 46 in 2008 and further to 50 in 2013.
The state has 60 assembly seats out of which 20 are reserved for the Tribals and 10 for the scheduled castes.