October 29, 2018: In a significant move, people belonging to Manipuri community in the North Tripura district severed their long association with CPIM and joined BJP in a programme last evening. Deputy speaker of Tripura State Assembly Biswabandhu Sen formally greeted and welcomed the new entrants. After joining the saffron brigade, they vented anger against the Red party’s oppressive politics.
Local sources said, as many as 200 voters of 41 families – residing at Rajbari Mandap Para in Dharmanagar – known as staunch supporters of CPIM, had quit the party and aligned with BJP. In joining programme, participation of women grabbed attention.
“We stood behind the CPIM rock solid for a long time. However, we have got nothing but humiliation, deprivation and false assurances. Frustration against the local party leaders among the community people is palpable. These leaders exploited us and kept us on toes with false promises and assurances”, alleged disgruntled former CPIM activists.
These new entrants to BJP also alleged, CPIM leaders were involved in disruptive vote bank politics. “They tried to mislead us and create division among the community so petty vote bank politics”, alleged elders of the community. Already on a sticky wicket, CPIM leaders will find it difficult to overcome the blow – grass root organization of CPIM in North District will seriously be affected, opined local political analysts.