Tripura BJP in-charge Vinod Kumar Sonkar (middle) addressing press conference in Agartala

Agartala: Voices against Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb are getting stronger as differences between the state leadership and MLAs continues to grow. Slogans of “Biplab hatao, BJP bachao” were also raised by the supporters of dissenting leaders during the visit of state in-charge (prabhari) Vinod Sonkar on Sunday.

The rebel MLAs including the former health minister Sudip Roy Barman, Ram Prasad Paul, Asish Kumar Saha, Sushanta Chowdhury met with Sonkar, and apprised him about the state political and organisational situation.

Earlier, the dissident MLAs also met with the party chief JP Nadda in New Delhi and later with the NEDA convener Himanta Biswas Sharma to reprise the demand to change the leadership in the state.

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Sonkar, who was in Tripura for a two-day visit, told reporters that there are no differences in the party. For a long time, the state in charge’s position was vacant, and there was no one to listen to the party workers.

The BJP’s only goal in Tripura is to strengthen the organisation, Sonkar added.

BJP MLAs, senior leaders and many activists were present at the state guest house on Sunday morning to meet the newly-appointed Sonkar. Some MLAs of the party have been expressing dissatisfaction with the work of the government for some time.

After the meeting with all of them, Binod Sonkar gave a detailed program of his trip to Tripura at the press conference.

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“The main objective of the first visit to Tripura as the in-charge was to complete the dialogue with everyone. Detailed discussions have been held with leaders and workers of the party,” Sonkar said.

He also said that he had reviewed the BJP’s organisational expansion in Tripura in line with the party’s central leadership ideology. Not only that, the formation of the organisation has been practised following the constitution of the party. He added, “I have tried to understand the situation of the BJP in Tripura by exchanging views with MLAs, MPs and top party leaders.”

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According to sources, some BJP leaders are also not happy with the appointment of the new state chief Dr Manik Saha, who was given the post within four years after joining the BJP party.

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