Eastern Times: December 6, 2020, New Delhi: BJP’s new central in-charge for Tripura, Vinod Sonkar, was greeted with slogans against chief minister Biplab Deb when he landed in Agartala on his maiden visit to the state on Saturday. BJP chief J P Nadda is scheduled to visit Agartala in a few days.
On Sunday, the rebel MLAs gathered at the state guest house in Agartala and started shouting “Bipab hatao, Tripura bachao” demanding a change in leadership. Dissident trouble in the ruling BJP has been brewing in Tripura for some months now.
The rebel group led by Sudip Roy Barman were in Delhi in October to meet with the central leaders with their grievances against the chief minister.
Roy Barman, who moved to BJP from Congress before the Tripura assembly polls had been a claimant for the chief ministerial post and since Deb was declared the chief minister by the party after BJP won its first ever election in the north eastern state has been uncomfortable with the state’s leadership.
Some of the dissidents had also met North-East Democratic Alliance chairman and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati to discuss the issue.
They are unhappy with some decisions of the chief minister and a few of them have openly criticized him and the state government on social media.
On Sunday, Sonkar who is on his first visit to the state as the new central party in-charge told the dissidents that he would resolve the factional trouble that has been brewing in the state for some months now.
When a meeting with the MLAs was called at the state guest house by Sonkar, BJP workers gathered in good numbers with many of them raising “Biplab Hatao, Tripura Bachao” slogan.
Sonkar, who was encircled by the dissident party workers, had to assure them that he would be listening to all the MLAs individually and address them, to end the infighting.
He assured them that he will speak with them and submit a detailed report to the BJP central leadership.
The rebel group of the MLAs had gathered at the guest house early on Sunday morning and was soon joined by MLAs and party workers who supported present state leadership.
Both sides soon got into a verbal tussle trading accusations at the other. The police finally arrived and brought the situation under control. End