The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) in-charge for Tripura election and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday has categorically told the Election Commission of India in New Delhi that the prevailing situation in Tripura is not conducive for holding free and fair election and asked for adequate corrective measures, a Times of India report stated.
Tripura is slated to go to polls in February along with Meghalaya and Nagaland. Sarma expressed apprehension that the polls might not be free from violence. The BJP is leaving no stone unturned for a change in fortune in the Left Front ruled state, after scripting success story in Assam and Manipur earlier.
Sarma said, “If there is free and fair election, we will win Tripura but ensuring such an environment is not an easy process in Tripura and is a big challenge for EC. BJP is riding on a huge wave in Tripura.,” the report stated.
“For last one week CPI(M) has unleashed a reign of terror politics in Tripura and for this we met the EC on Thursday for a free and fair election,” Sarma said after his meeting with EC.
The situation in Tripura is not good. Indigenous people are suffering a lot. It’s important to end the present government and form a new government for growth and development of the State, he added.
Sarma also said he has suggested that the Commission appoint micro-observers from outside the State and not from any trade union affiliated to the CPI(M). “We have also asked for maximum deployment of central forces,” he added.
Sarma claimed more than 60 party workers were killed by the ruling CPI(M) in Tripura and an atmosphere of fear and threat looms large in the State.