Samir Basu

Agartala, Feb 07: TIPRA Motha candidate from Majlishpur Assembly Constituency, Samir Basu said that “I have 100% confidence that TIPRA Motha Party alone will form the government in this 2023 Tripura General Assembly election.”

While talking about NorthEast Rising, Basu also mentioned that “our party is such a party which till date has taken people of all castes together whether it is a backward class or tribal. He has given election tickets to 5 women as well as to Bengalis and also to 3-4 Muslims. To date, no party in Tripura has taken all the castes together. And with this, we want to give this message that irrespective of caste or our Muslim brothers, altogether will make a beautiful Tripura. We want to develop Tripura even more and for this, we need people to vote for us.”

Majlishpur is one of the 60 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Tripura. It is in the West Tripura district and is a part of the Tripura West Lok Sabha constituency.

On the other hand, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday alleged that Tipra Motha, headed by former royal scion Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, has a “secret understanding” with the Congress and the CPI(M).

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Newly formed regional outfit Tipra Motha, which won the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) polls in 2021, has decided to go solo in the February 16 assembly elections. It will contest 42 of the 60 constituencies.

There are around 20 tribal-dominated seats in Tripura, and these hold the key to power in the northeastern state.

Shah, while addressing a rally in the Shantirbazar area, said that two BJP chief ministers in the last five years have ensured the security of Tripura, which was earlier witnessing cross-border infiltration and militancy.

Taking potshots at the Opposition parties CPI(M) and Congress, which have agreed to a seat adjustment for the assembly polls, Shah claimed that the two parties have “never respected tribals”.

“The Congress and Communists ruled Tripura for over 50 years, yet there was no development. The Congress has given you ‘andhakaar’ (darkness), but we (BJP) have given you ‘adhikaar’ (rights),” he said.

According to the seat adjustment, the CPI(M) will contest 43 seats, and its Left Front partners Forward Block, RSP, and the CPI one each. The Left Front is also supporting an independent candidate in the Ramnagar constituency in West Tripura. The Congress, on the other hand, will contest 13 seats.