Agartala: Growing differences between state leadership and MLAs have made voices against Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb stronger.
Slogans of 'Biplab hatao, BJP bachao' were raised by supporters of dissenting leaders during the visit of state in-charge (prabhari) Vinod Sonkar on Sunday.
The rebel MLAs including the former health minister Sudip Roy Barman, Ram Prasad Paul, Ashish Kumar Saha, Sushanta Chowdhury met with Sonkar, and apprised him about the state political and organisational situation.
Earlier, the dissident MLAs also met with the party chief JP Nadda in New Delhi and later with the NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sharma to reprise the demand to change the leadership in the state.
Sonkar, who was in Tripura for a two-day visit, said that there are no differences in the party. For a long time, the state in charge's position was vacant, and there was no one to heed the party workers.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) only goal in Tripura is to strengthen the organisation, Sonkar added.
BJP senior leaders and many activists were present at the state guest house on Sunday morning to meet the newly-appointed Sonkar. Some MLAs of the party have been expressing dissatisfaction with the work of the government for some time.
After the meeting, Sonkar gave a detailed program of his trip at the press conference.
"The main objective of the first visit to Tripura as the in-charge was to complete the dialogue with everyone. Detailed discussions have been held with leaders and workers of the party," Sonkar said.
He also added that he had reviewed the BJPs organisational expansion in Tripura in line with the party's central leadership ideology.
The formation of the organisation has been practised following the constitution of the party.
"I have tried to understand the situation of the BJP in Tripura by exchanging views with MLAs, MPs and top party leaders," he added.