It’s just like the semifinal before 2023 final. Politics in Tripura once again hotted up as elections schedule for the much awaited Tripura civic body elections are out and political parties are gearing up to hit the campaigning trail for the polls that political analysts explain as the “semi finals” before the crucial 2023 elections.
For each and every political party the polls are very significant as the opposition felt it is their first opportunity in the last three and half years to encash against the BJP-IPFT alliance.
Be it Congress, Be it CPIM, the opposition agree on the point that the ruling parties failed to perform in accordance with what they promised prior to the elections.
On the other hand, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is quite confident of their big margin victory in the civic polls and reiterated that people of Tripura would favour the BJP for its people-centric scheme and of course for PM Modi’s wide acceptance among people for his effective management of the Corona crisis.
In the meantime, emerging regional political outfit TIPRA motha led by royal scion Pradyut Kishore Debbarman is also set to debut in the civic poll battle.
Perhaps, for the first time some regional political party that established itself as a party fighting for indigenous people, is making it’s way in the mainstream political sphere. However, initial developments after the poll announcement made it clear that a multi corner fight is on the anvil and the polls are going to prove to be an acid test for the opposition parties.
Similar is the case with Trinamool Congress. The party is relentlessly trying to make it’s presence felt in Tripura and efforts are afoot to fight the civic elections to put pedal to metal in their campaigns.
The state Trinamool leadership has been touring across the state to canvass votes for the party and prepare a solid organisational pitch for the party ahead of the poll season as well. Trinamool leadership, however, did not specify yet whether they are going to fight in all the seats but they have made it clear that they are in the battle field.
BJP Tripura state president Dr Manik Saha exuding confidence of the party workers said that the BJP would maintain its good show in the next elections. “People will vote for us in view of the pro-people steps and development endeavours of the government”, he said.
On the other hand, Tripura Pradesh Congress committee President Birajit Sinha said that his party would emerge victorious in the civic polls given the BJP’s “misrule” in the state.
CPIM Tripura state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury said that CPIM would surely contest the elections but the state election commission should come forward and take pivotal role in creating a conducive atmosphere for free and fair elections.
There are altogether 334 seats in 20 Urban local bodies that include Agartala Municipal Corporation, six Nagar Panchayats and 13 municipal councils spread across 18 subdivisions of Tripura. There are altogether 23 subdivisions in the state.