Tripura polls will be a Waterloo for BJP: Yechury


Agartala, May 21 (IANS) The BJP might think it is unstoppable in Indian polls, but the assembly elections in Left-ruled Tripura in February next year would a Waterloo for it, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said here on Sunday.

“BJP recently formed governments in Manipur and Goa by using money power and illegal means… they would use all methods to win in Tripura as they declared that Left-ruled states including Kerala are their main targets,” he said after attending two-day meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state committee along with politburo member Prakash Karat.

“BJP would be stopped in its continuing election victory in Tripura and it would be the Waterloo for BJP like Napoleon Bonaparte,” he said, referring to the French Emperor’s final defeat at the hands of the British and the Prussians in 1815.

The Left leader said that the Tripura assembly elections would be very significant for the national perspective and this would be the Bharatiya Janata Party’s retreat from power in India.

“Tripura has 60 assembly seats. CPI-M would win 60 wars giving a fitting electoral disaster to BJP. They (BJP) would apply all means – money, machinery, unethical and unconstitutional – to win the Tripura polls as their main objective to defeat the Left in India. The CPI-M is, however, determined to win in Tripura,” he said.

Claiming that the the BJP spent Rs 500 crore in Manipur elections held in March, Yechury said: “BJP secured less votes in the recent Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand elections than what it got in 2014 Lok Sabha polls in these two states. BJP wants to win Indian elections through falsehood and big money power.”

He said that due to the Left Front government’s tremendous and sincere efforts, Tripura now is topmost in literacy, human index, ethnic harmony and establishment of peace by taming the decades-old terrorism menace.

“Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself admitted that Tripura is a best administered state in India,” the CPI-M leader said.

He said that the BJP leaders has no trust on people of Tripura, that is why they are demanding deployment of central para-military forces for the assembly elections.