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Tripura goes saffron: 100-ft stage for oath-taking ceremony

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The political hue of has changed from red to saffron, and perhaps at no other place is the transition more evident than in the state capital, where a BJP government took charge for the first time.

The sprawling Rifles ground hosted the grand swearing-in function.

Giant posters bearing images of and dominate the landscape in Agartala as slender palm trees swung in the air.

From the airport to the venue, BJP flags lined up both sides of the street, as party workers wearing celebrated in the streets.

Security was heightened in the capital city as the and many other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

to guest houses, personnel of Police, State Rifles, Central Reserved kept a tight vigil. Special commandos from were also on the job.

Chief ministers of various states streamed in to attend the function, hailing the victory of the party, which decimated 25 yeas of uninterrupted rule of the CPI (M)-led Left in the north eastern state.

"A 100-ft-long stage was erected for the big function. This is a big day for us as it marks a political transition for the state. The victory has been made possible by the development work of Modiji that has inspired our workers in Tripura to work for a change," BJP told here.

Gujarat said the rise of the BJP in Tripura also shows the "fall of the Left" in the country.

"Red has been replaced (with saffron) in Tripura. Left is losing its ideology in the country and its support base is eroding. The new government firmed here is an endorsement of the vision of Modiji and the popularity that he enjoys," he said.

"I have come from one end of the country to the other for the ceremony, passing by many BJP states. Change will happen more as we progress ahead," he added.

Long-time RSS volunteer Biplab Deb took the reins of Tripura's today at the grand ceremony along with his council of ministers.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 12:35 IST