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Himanta Biswa Sarma's Intervention Fails to Pacify BJP-IPFT Differences

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Aug 2018 7:27 AM GMT

A CORRESPONDENT

AGARTALA: Senior BJP leader and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma’s two day parley to gear up party organisation for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election yielded good result but his move to pacify the alliance partner the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Twipra (IPFT) seem to be not equally satisfying.

During his two day visit to Tripura, Biswa Sharma met various party leaders and advised them not to be complacent with the startling success in the last assembly election and to work hard to ensure party’s victory with wider margin.

He also had a marathon meeting of the party’s core committee where all senior leaders including Chief Minister Biplab Deb was present and tried to minimise the differences prevailing among the party leaders. He made it clear to the party leaders that BJP will contest both the Lok Sabha seats in the state and tried to collect opinion of the leaders about the possible candidate. However, it is not yet clear whether the question of change of state president was raised during the meetings. At present, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is holding the post of the president and during a meeting at Imphal last month party president Amit Saha hinted that he will continue in the post till the Lok Sabha election. However, a section of the party is reportedly arguing for removing him from the duel charge so that he can concentrate more on running the government.

Biswa Sharma before leaving for Guwahati on Friday met Narendra Chandra Debbarma, the president of the alliance partner IPFT and also the Revenue Minister, and discussed about the glitches between the parties. None of the party members said anything about the outcome but it is learnt that they have failed to come to any solution about the most controversial issue of the selection of chairman for the Block Advisory Committee. Earlier it was decided in a joint meeting that 13 blocks will go in favour of IPFT but huge difference surfaced about identifying the blocks. Biswa Sharma’s intervention also failed to resolve the issue.

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