Agartala, March 3: With results trickling in for the Tripura Assembly election, the Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be all set to form the government in the state. It was the aggressive campaigning by the BJP that helped the saffron party to make in-roads in the north-eastern state. But the man who has to be credited for the BJP’s stupendous performance is 52-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Sunil Deodhar. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: 22 Rebel Congress MLAs Join BJP, Day After Kamal Nath's Resignation as Chief Minister
Deodhar was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign manager in 2013 and was later shifted to Tripura in 2014 as the BJP in-charge. Deodhar brought another RSS man Biplab Kumar Deb, who was the former resident of the state and had gone to settle in the national capital. Deb was made the chief of the BJP’s Tripura unit. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath Quits as CM, Says BJP 'Sabotaged' His Government; 'Self-Introspect,' Says Shivraj | Top 10 Points
When Modi took charge in New Delhi, his focus was to win the seven north-eastern states and Tripura was the BJP’s biggest challenge as the state was ruled by the Left since past 25 years. In the state Assembly elections, Modi addressed several rallies and even Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath was parachuted to Tripura who addressed seven rallies across the state. Also Read - MP Crisis: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Leaves After Meeting Kamal Nath
Deodhar has transformed the party’s electoral fortune by a well-planned and a well-managed campaign which was focussed more on targetting the ruling Manik Sarkar government. “It is a fact that we are riding on a strong anti-CPI (M) wave rather than a pro-BJP wave. It’s more of a ‘CP(M) hatao sentiment than a Modi lao one. And it’s because of an incompetent chief minister, his misrule and bad governance,” Deodhar told News18.
The BJP joined hands with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an anti Left tribal party and has emerged as a major challenger to the ruling Left Front, which has been at the helm for the last 25 years.
The 60-member Tripura Assembly went to polls on February 18.
In the 2013 Assembly elections, the ruling Left Front polled 52.32 per cent votes while the opposition Congress-Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) combine secured 44.60 votes.