Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha Thursday stated growth with a particular give attention to the general upliftment of indigenous folks will the principle ballot plank of the BJP-IPFT mix within the ensuing election to the north-eastern state’s meeting.
In an interview to PTI, he additionally decried the `Greater Tipraland’ demand espoused by rival Tipra Motha celebration floated by the scion of the previous royal household of the tribal state – Pradyot Manikya DebBarma.
Saha who grew to become the chief minister of the state changing Biplab Kumar Deb simply 9 months earlier than the essential elections, claimed that the celebration will get a cushty majority within the election and can type the subsequent authorities by itself energy. The BJP is contesting in 55 seats within the 60-member Assembly and has left 5 seats for its ally IPFT, which has been hamstrung by defections to a different trib; party- Tipra Motha.
“During the electioneering, the party leaders right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to party national president J P Nadda – all will focus on the development that the state witnessed before and after 2018. Be it people’s welfare or connectivity or women empowerment, the present government did a lot for the state’s overall development”, he told PTI.
Claiming that the BJP-IPFT government has done “phenomenal work” for girls, the doctor-turned-politician stated the 12 girls candidates put up by BJP, would be the largest variety of girls to be fielded for Tripura Assembly elections by any celebration until date.
“We have fielded 12 candidates in the ensuing elections which is an all-time record in the state’s political history so far. Besides, women engagement through Self Help Groups (SHGs) has been improved significantly”, Saha told PTI.
On the resentment over nomination of party candidates in some areas, the CM said it is quite natural because seats are limited compared to the number of aspirants.
“In politics, one needs to be patient. History is the witness that those who are restless do not succeed. Sometimes, politicians need to go for adjustment as one does when on a battle ground”, he said refusing to make any change in the list of candidates announced by his party.
Saha, who came as a surprise choice for the Chief Minister’s berth in May, said he has been able to gain the people’s faith in just a few months. “Wherever I go, I see people are happy as they have received several benefits from PMAY to piped water to toilets under several flagship programmes. (However) I do believe there is a need to do more in the employment generation segment”, he said.
“The overall law and order has improved in the state over the past five years with all types of crime – murder, rape and abduction – coming down drastically. The NCRB reports endorsed our view on the law-and-order situation”, he said, adding the opposition’s allegation on it is baseless.
The chief minister strongly disapproved of Tipra Motha’s ‘Greater Tipraland’ slogan, terming it as an effort to play “with tribal people’s sentiment”.
“Tribals are often being misled by the political parties with slogans like Tipraland and Greater Tipraland. It is not clear what are the markers of Greater Tiprland or its geography. Will it cross the state’s boundary or nation’s border? They want a constitutional solution and that too in writing! Who are they to ask for written assurance for Greater Tipraland?”, he asked.
The chief minister said those who had raised slogans against another community (Bengalis) are now trying to get back their support by welcoming them but it will not work as it expects.
“They have to understand, it is the Prime Minister, who could do something for them and not anyone else. Our Prime Minister is really generous when it comes to tribal welfare. As many as five tribal leaders have got Padma Shri in the past five years. This is a great recognition to indigenous people”, he said.
“The kind of people’s love we saw during filing of nominations, the party will surely secure a comfortable majority in the election and form the next government on its own strength”, he stated.
Saha claimed that the BJP will win 40 to 41 seats on its own.
In the 2013 Assembly election the BJP had secured only 1.8 percentage vote. In 2018 the BJP got 44 percentage votes and bagged 36 seats while its ally IPFT got seven percentage votes and secured eight seats.
Asked if he would continue as chief minister after the elections, the 70-year old politician made it clear, “It is the party and Modiji who will make the choice. If they think I am the man for the work, I will be picked…. I always prefer to play on a straight bat”.
On the unfinished commitments, Saha stated he’ll take up the problem of the High Power Modality Committee constituted to look into the socio-economic-linguistic growth of the state’s indigenous folks as a part of Common Minimum Programme (CMP) between the BJP and IPFT earlier than the 2018 Assembly election with Delhi. The Union Home Ministry has constituted a excessive energy modality committee however the suggestions of the panel haven’t been made public but.
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