From Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : Everything is not going well in the BJP government in Tripura. His own party MLAs are rebelling against Chief Minister Bisplab Deb and the front has been opened to remove them. Disgruntled BJP MLA from Tripura Ram Prasad Paul met BJP national president J P Nadda at his residence in New Delhi. Party insiders said, national president Nadda gave him a patient to hear his complaints against Chief Minister Bisplab Kumar Deb. Paul reportedly apprised Nadda of the BJP’s rapidly deteriorating organizational profile in the state. He informed Nadda that the party’s actual and tested leaders and activists, including MLAs, have been returned to insignificant positions by the new BJP dispensary, a party leader in a meeting between Nadda and Paul said that four BJP MLAs in October. In addition to Ashish Kumar Saha, Sushant Chaudhary and Parimal Debabburma, Paul met the BJP chief in Delhi and demanded the removal of Deb from the post of Chief minister.
Another dissident BJP MLA Ashish Das on Sunday publicly called upon Dalit and scheduled caste people to raise their voices against the Bisplab Deb government. Das was the first BJP MLA in Tripura to come out openly against Chief Minister Deb. He targeted the chief minister for “dedication to politics” and indulging in corruption and “depriving real party leaders and activists”. Soon after Das’s open statement against Deb, 18 BJP MLAs and ten senior party leaders simultaneously demanded the removal of the chief Minister. Let me tell you that Vinod Sontax had recently visited Tripura and held a meeting with party leaders. In the meantime, some people raised the demand for change of CM by raising the slogan ‘ Bisplab Hatao, SAVE BJP ‘. Not only that, a group of BJP MLAs from Tripura camped in the capital city of Delhi by running a campaign to remove Deb. The leader also met JP Nadda. BJP sources, however, ruled out any immediate change in the leadership. Sontax said there was no discussion on the leadership change. The BJP’s central leadership, though agreeing to some of the issues raised by the LEGISLATORs, does not want to change the chief minister, as it can inspire similar demands in other state units, where disgruntled MLAs have raised issues against the chief ministers. The party’s leadership is “outraged” with Deb’s Tuesday announcement, which was clearly done without discussion with the central leadership, and the central leadership feels it has weakened the party’s structure in Tripura.