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Tripura will be the 20th state to be ruled by BJP in India, says Amit Shah

Ten years and 25 years is quite a long time for developing the state. But Tripura remained backward. There are many BJP-ruled states which could make much more development in lesser time: Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah addresses an election rally in Ambasa, Tripura | PTI Photo

Shah today asserted that the would form the next government in which would be the 20th state to be ruled by the saffron party.

Shah assured the voters that the promises made in the party's election manifesto released yesterday would be implemented.

"Seeing the atmosphere and campaigns after visiting various constituencies, I am rest assured that the would form the next government in and it would be the 20th BJP-ruled state," Shah told a news conference here.

"The party neither had MLAs in and nor a strong organisational base, yet the huge popularity of and the BJP's programme brought the party in power in those two north eastern states," he said.

Likewise, also would come to the fold, he said.

Front has been ruling the state for nearly 25 years continuously but lags behind in distribution of drinking water to households, healthcare services, power supply, infrastructure and attracting investments, he said.

The CPI(M)-led Left Front is in power in the north eastern state in a row since 1993. was also in power between 1978 and 1988.

"Ten years and 25 years is quite a long time for developing the state. But remained backward. There are many BJP-ruled states which could make much more development in lesser time," he said.

Development would come only after the saffron party formed the next government, Shah said.

He alleged that crime against women in is the highest in the country with rape and molestation being an everyday event.

CPI(M) cadres dictate terms to the police and government officials and law and order has collapsed, the senior leader claimed.

But after seeing the rise of the in the state, they were frustrated and resorted to violence against the workers and leaders, he alleged.

"The workers are ready to face the CPI(M) violence anywhere in the state," he said and appealed to police and government officials to work impartially.

Criticising opposition Congress, Shah said the party was trying to divide the anti-Left votes in the state for favouring CPI-M, but that would not work.

He said yesterday published the manifesto of the party which promised that special economic zone (SEZ) would be set up in the state and would be given to the youth for free if the saffron party is elected to power.

Election to the 60-member Assembly would be held on February 18. The is contesting in 51 seats, while its alliance partner Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT) has fielded candidates in nine seats.

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:57 IST
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