Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: Today 307 candidates will be contesting for 59 constituencies out of 60, as due to the sad demise of a CPM candidate in Charilam Assembly constituency,election for that one seat will be held on March 12. As BJP are on a winning streak, it will be interesting to see whether they will be able to make their mark in Tripura or not. BJP have allianced with the regional tribal party Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in order to swipe off CPM from their 20 tribal seats. IPFT will be battling for 9 seats in the tribal region, while the remaining 51 seats will be competed by BJP.
In order to avoid any sort of violence in the state, tight security measures were kept in the state throughout this election campaign phase where in 300 company of central armed forces were deployed along with state policemen and armed personnel. Sunil Deodhar, BJP-Tripura, is confident that they will easily grab those 20 major tribal seats from CPM, as they have included four tribal leaders in their core committee, who were marching along with them in each and every rally. The younger tribal youths want a change and they are most likely to support IPFT instead of CPM. According to many tribal youth, the older generation supported CPM, which has not bought any major development in the state in terms of employment and many other aspects,like many tribal villages still don’t get clean drinking water and many are homeless, therefore it’s high time that some changes should be made by bringing new party in power. On the other hand there are some tribal people who feel that even if IPFT will be given the chance, there will not be much difference and they will be opting for CPM, as they are the safest.
Whether BJP-IPFT alliance will sweep off 20 seats or not, it will be interesting to watch out for,but one thing is clear that IPFT will definitely cut votes for CPM.