Tripura: For 2023 polls, Cong hopes to piggyback on BJP infighting
Former Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb (left) and current CM Dr Manik Saha

Agartala: Eager for resurgence in the poll-bound state, the Congress party in Tripura that is adopting a fresh strategy to make sure the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party could be ousted from power and Congress bounces back to its previous position of power, a senior party leader said Tuesday.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the senior Congress leader said, “The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is now busy quelling the rumblings within.”

According to this leader, the BJP is now divided into two parallel quarters after the resignation of former chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb from the top post. While the dominant section still wants Deb as their leader, the other is with present Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha, he said.

“The division is not only in the state committee but in the party’s district and assembly segments as well. The BJP is struggling to recover from the sudden shock of Deb’s resignation,” he said.

The Congress party leader sees this as a golden opportunity to revive the grand old party and pave the way for BJP’s permanent ouster from the state.

“Unlike other states, BJP has miserably failed to build a dedicated cadre base in Tripura. While the saffron party succeeded in consolidating the anti-Left vote share, which eventually helped the party to cross the majority mark, but the Congress is capable enough to put forth a befitting fight this time,” the leader said, adding that the BJP should not ignore the Left that has a committed vote share.

On the Congress’s strategy, he said, a lot of things are yet to take final shape in days to come but the fact remains that the people of Tripura will see a new Congress this time.

“Our master plan for the 2023 elections is completely ready. The Congress will fight according to its new strategy of electioneering in Tripura. It would be unwise to divulge the details but if the equations play out in accordance with the plan, the tide will be on our side this time,” he said.

The Tripura Congress leader has also forecast imminent infighting between former CM Biplab Kumar Deb and present Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha.

“If the present situation continues to persist, both Deb and Saha will be at loggerheads to prove their grip within the party and very likely the close aides of Deb will be cut to size by Saha, who is holding both the important posts,” said the leader.      

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