As many as 200 CPI-M supporters joined BJP on Sunday evening in the presence of the deputy speaker of Tripura state assembly Biswabandhu Sen Credit: Paritosh Paul

Agartala: In a significant development, people belonging to the Manipuri community in the North Tripura district severed their long association with the CPI-M and joined BJP in a programme on Sunday evening. State assembly deputy speaker Biswabandhu Sen formally greeted and welcomed the new entrants. After joining the saffron brigade, they vented anger against the Left party’s oppressive politics.

Local sources said, as many as 200 voters of 41 families residing at Rajbari Mandap Para in Dharmanagar – traditionally known to be staunch supporters of the CPI-M — quit the party and aligned with the BJP on Sunday.

“We stood rock solid behind the CPI-M for a long time. However, we have got nothing but humiliation, deprivation and false assurances. Frustration against the local party leaders among the community people is palpable. These leaders exploited us and kept us on toes with false promises and assurances,” alleged disgruntled activists.

The new entrants of BJP also alleged that CPI-M leaders were involved in disruptive vote-bank politics. “They tried to mislead us and create division among the community members for petty vote-bank politics,” they added.

Already on a sticky wicket, CPI-M leaders will find it difficult to overcome the blow. Grassroots organisations of the CPI-M in North Tripura district will be seriously affected, said local political analysts.

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