Sarkar has 3 places to go – Bengal, Kerala, B’desh: Himanta

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HT Bureau

Agartala/ SHIILLONG, March 3: “Outgoing Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar can take shelter in West Bengal, Kerala or neighbouring Bangladesh as the BJP is going to form the next government in the state,” Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Saturday.

“Manik Sarkar has just three options before him. He can go to West Bengal, where the CPI-M still has some presence. He can go to Kerala, where the party is in power and will rule for three more years or he can go to neighbouring Bangladesh,” Sarma told reporters here when asked about his comments on Sarkar during an election rally.

The BJP leader had kicked up a row by reportedly saying that the Tripura chief minister would be sent to Bangladesh after the assembly elections in the state.

Sarma reportedly made the remark at an election rally in Dhanpur, Sarkar’s constituency, while criticising the state government over the alleged deteriorating law and order situation and cross-border crimes.

The 69-year-old chief minister has governed Tripura since 1998. He is a politburo member of CPI-M and has been ruling the state for the fourth consecutive time.

Tripura added to the growing list of states it rules in what the party called a “historic verdict,” the BJP quickly shifted its focus to Meghalaya on Saturday as votes were counted for assembly elections in three northeast states.

The party’s northeast strategist Sarma headed to Shillong where hectic negotiations are on with Meghalaya giving a majority to no party. The Congress rushed top leaders too.

Himanta, meanwhile, talking to newsmen in Shillong said that BJP will initiate the formation of government. He indicated that NPP and UDP leaderships have settle the issues among themselves to come to an understanding for formation of an non-Congress government.

The BJP leaders said that Congress might indulge in horse trading and added that by Sunday a picture would emerge.

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