Blame-game politics in Tripura & the deteriorating political scenario
Agartala: Barely 17 months are left for the assembly election in Tripura. As of now, there are Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India (Marxists), Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance Motha, Indian National Congress, Trinamool Congress are the major political parties in the fray to contest in the assembly election slated to be held in March, 2023.
At present, Bharatiya Janata Party is having a strong base with 36 elected members in the legislative assembly (MLAs), two members in parliament (MPs), 10 members in district council (MDCs) of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). In the state cabinet, there are 11 ministers while an MP of West Tripura parliamentary constituency has been appointed as the union minister of state in Modi 2.0 government.
CPIM-led Left Front organization is the main opposition political party in the state with 16 MLAs. Four times Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is the leader of opposition in the state assembly.
TIPRA Motha had sweep the ADC election and formed government in TTAADC with 18 MDCs. The socio-political party is led by its chairman Pradyot Kishore Debbarman who is also a MDC and royal scion of Tripura.
Indian National Congress party in Tripura position is miserable as it has no MLAs and the organization is breaking down gradually with the arrival of Trinamool Congress in a boosted form since July last. Although, two and half months have passed, TMC failed to form a single committee in the state.
Apart from this, a section of BJP MLAs and senior leaders are deprived the present party committee of Tripura Pradesh and they are not been called in any programmes either of the party or of the government. Since the mid of 2020, the dissident MLAs and senior leaders went to New Delhi and met with union Home minister Amit Shah, BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Tripura in-charge Vinod Sonkar along with other organizational leaders of the saffron party urging to remove Biplab Kumar Deb from his Chief Minister’s post. The newly inducted ministers in the state cabinet Ramprasad Paul and Sushanta Chowdhury were also present during the BJP MLAs visit to New Delhi last year. But nothing happened at last.
Later in June, 2021, a group of energetic youths under the banner of I-PAC led by Prashant Kishore arrived in Tripura for a survey work and conducted the same maintaining confidentiality. In the last week of July, 2021, the state government smelled them and made them hotel-arrest for two days with unjustified reasons. This had stimulated the Trinamool Congress leaders in West Bengal and within no time, they reached in Agartala. Till now, many leaders had visited the state of Tripura. TMC national general secretary and MP Abhishek Banerjee arrived in Agartala for two times till date. Recently, the TMC leaders sought permission from Sadar police administration under West Tripura district to hold a ‘padayatra’ protesting anti-people decisions of BJP-IPFT coalition government on September 15, but they were denied due to political rally prescheduled by Mahila Morcha long back. They again sought for September 16 and police denied citing reasons of Biswakarma Puja celebration on September 17. Later, TMC sought permission on September 22 next, and police had allowed them hold ‘padayatra’ where Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to participate.
On the other hand, blame game politics and violence started in different parts of the state between leaders and supporters of BJP and CPIM. Recently, several incidents have taken place starting from opposition leader and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s assembly constituency to Udaipur in Gomati district, Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district and Agartala city. Several party offices were demolished, vehicles were vandalized and torched. Many leaders’ and supporters’ houses of the opposition CPIM party were ransacked and set on fire by a section of unruly miscreants backed by the alleged ruling party in Tripura. The law and order situation has been disrupted immensely in the month of September across the state. Even five media houses had come under attack in the heart of Agartala city and Udaipur. Police administration failed to arrest a single person involved in the attacks and torching of vehicles.
BJP and CPIM leaders including former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and present Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is raising their voices against each other for disrupting peace and harmony. Both political leaders and parties are blaming each other for creating a terror-like situation ahead of assembly election. Apart from these ruling and opposition parties, alleged leaders of Trinamool Congress from West Bengal are instigating a section of people who are supporting the party led by WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee to hold violence in the Tripura.
Above all, political analysts and leaders of different parties are of the view that the state of Tripura is going to face more violence in the coming days before the assembly election to be held in 2023. It is indeed a matter of fact that no political murders has been taken place in last 43 months under reign of BJP-IPFT coalition government, but several unnatural deaths were reported. Before the formation of BJP-led government in March, 2018, as many as 18 political murders including two journalists have been taken place in Tripura. None can say that this culture cannot revive before the upcoming assembly election.
Considering the positions of the political parties in Tripura, it can be opined the law and order situation would likely to be tensed due to the clashes between the supporters of BJP, CPIM and TMC in all parts of the state. However, questions started rising against 84-year old man who has been posted as the Governor in Tripura. The present situation is deteriorating and already many incidents untoward for common masses have taken place for the personal benefits of leaders both ruling and opposition. A terror-like situation is prevailing across the state, blame game is on and law and order situation is becoming miserable coming under the pressure of a section of ruling party leaders which needed to be stopped on urgent basis.