New Delhi, March 12 (PTI): BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Monday described the CPI(M)’s decision to not contest an Assembly seat in Tripura due to alleged violence as a lame attempt to “hide its defeat and its inability to reach out to people”.
Madhav, the BJP’s pointsman for the northeast states, who is seen as a key architect for its win in Tripura and Nagaland, also dismissed the Left party’s claim of violence in the state following the saffron party’s emphatic win in the Assembly polls as nothing but an attempt to create a victimhood syndrome.
The state has been completely peaceful since the BJP government took charge, he said. “The CPI(M)’s candidate withdrawal and its claim that it was due to violence is all bogus. It’s a lame excuse for their inability to reach out to the people anymore in Tripura. Their candidate had already decided that he will not contest. Now they are using this to create a kind of victimhood syndrome,” Madhav told PTI.
It is an attempt to hide their defeat, he said. Rejecting the CPI(M)’s allegations of rising violence in the state, Madhav said, “Our government came to power on the ninth of this month. In the last three days, the state has been absolutely peaceful.”
The BJP had fought the Tripura state Assembly elections in alliance with the IPFT, a regional party, and their alliance won 43 out of 59 seats, ending the 25-year-long reign of the Left.
The Charilam (ST) Assembly seat, where election was cancelled following the death of the CPI(M) candidate, went to the polls on Monday and the state’s deputy chief minister Jishnu Deb Burman is the BJP candidate from there.