NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma

Agartala: Assam Finance Minister and convener of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday arrived in Tripura and met with the state BJP leadership in Agartala, party sources said.

Sarma’s visit is significant as he had been scheduled to visit Tripura to take stock of the state political situation. The NEDA convenor held a meeting with the state leadership as per the orders of the party central command, sources added.

It is also learned that the dissident MLAs, including former health minister Sudip Roy Barman, had recently met Sarma in Guwahati to discuss state politics and sought his intervention.

After landing at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala, BJP state president Dr Manik Saha, West Tripura MP Pratima Bhoumik, and vice-president Rajib Bhattacharjee welcomed Sarma.

He then left for Udaipur via helicopter and visited the Tripura Sundari temple, where tourism minister Pranajit Singha Roy and Matabari MLA Biplab Kumar Ghosh welcomed him.

Speaking with reporters, Sarma said he had come to pay a visit to the Mata Tripura Sundari temple and seek blessings.

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“Every year, I visit Mata Tripura Sundari temple, but due to COVID, last year I could not travel. Now, since the elections are over, I have visited here, and it feels good to be here,” Sarma said.

When questioned about the recent elections, he said that BJP will return to power in Assam and that the BJP would remain in power in other states.

“The BJP government will return to power in Assam…however, the number of seats may either increase or decrease by 3 to 4 seats,” Sarma added.

On Tripura’s political situation, Sarma said that the BJP-IPFT alliance would win the district council elections.

On the topic of party dissidents, Sarma said the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had worked hard, and under his leadership, the state had developed.

“We should not concentrate on such (dissident) issues and rather the chief minister should continue working the way he has done for the last three years.

On the issue of 10,323 terminated teachers, Sarma said that the government has been trying to solve the issue, and once the Assam election results are declared, he would speak with the chief minister on the same.

“The promises made in the vision documents in 2018 will be fulfilled and I hope that the state government will do the same. The promises which were not even made are also being done by the present government. People are happy by the work of the government here,” Sarma said.

Both the chief minister and deputy chief minister did not meet the Assam minister as they are in home isolation after testing positive to the novel coronavirus.

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