Agartala: Considering the importance of securing votes of the Bru refugees living in Tripura, Bharatiya Janta Party’s (BJP) star campaigner and the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma is all set to hit the party’s campaign trail, ahead of the assembly polls in neighbouring Mizoram on November 28, from Sunday.
Sharing this, party sources said that the Assam minister will be arriving at Naisingpara Reang refugee camp in Kanchanpur subdivision on Sunday.
There are over 35,000 Reang (Bru) refugees living in Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions of Tripura. Over 11,000 of these camp inmates are voters of Mizoram as they belong to the neighbouring state. Bru voters are a major factor in at least five Assembly constituencies of Mizoram, which goes to polls on November 28.
The BJP wants to cash in on the Bru votes as the ruling Congress in Mizoram did not work towards resolving the vexed refugee issue, sources said, adding that if the refugee voters support the saffron party, it would get a shot in the arm.
“The visit of the ace BJP strategist in the Northeast region holds very much importance for the BJP in Mizoram ahead of the election. Securing votes from the refugee camps is very much important for the overall prospect of the party in Mizoram polls,” BJP sources here said.
Meanwhile, Tripura BJP general secretary Pratima Bhowmik and social welfare minister Santana Chakma are campaigning for the party in areas adjacent to Tripura.