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With BJP intensifying its election campaign in Tripura, former Assam CM TarunGogoi was the only senior Congress leader to campaign in the poll bound state.

With the northeastern states set for the upcoming assemble elections in February, veteran Congress leader TarunGogoi – who led the party to a record three consecutive electoral victory in Assam – said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a much better chance than Congress to win the assembly polls at Tripura.

“With RSS backing them and the fact that they take elections so seriously, BJP’s election strategy is formidable. I’m quite confident Congress will retain power in Meghalaya. That will, of course, depend upon the work of local leaders who are campaigning,” said Gogoi.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit poll bound Tripura twice before the elections and BJP national president Amit Shah scheduled to campaign for a week in the state –Gogoi was the only senior Congress leader to campaign in Tripura.

“I don’t know why other leaders have not gone to visit the state,” said Gogoi.

Further stating that the party’s chances to win the elections are low because some of the key Congress leaders have moved to other parties, the former Assam Chief Minister said, “I must say that the Congress has suffered a setback in Tripura. Some senior members of the party have left us, whatever may be their reason. We have seen this is Assam too — in difficult days, some senior leaders quit the party. But that may be a blessing in disguise, because it paves the way for youngsters to fill the gap.”

“Whether the CPM or BJP come to power, neither will be able to deliver. Even in Assam, they promised the moon, but they failed to implement any of their promises,” he added.

While Tripura is scheduled to go for the assembly polls on February 18, other two northeastern states – Meghalaya and Nagaland – will go for the elections on February 27.

According to political experts, Tripura – which had earlier witnessed electoral battle between the CPM and the Congress – will be witnessing a fight for power between the saffron party and the Left in the upcoming elections.

Earlier, claiming that the “Congress was not serious about fighting the CPI(M)” in Tripura, former state Congress president Sudip Roy Burman had joined the BJP.

The former Congress leader, who led the state Congress in the 2013 Assembly elections, said, “In 2013, the CPI(M) had faced strong anti-incumbency but the Congress central leadership had helped the CPM in the state clandestinely for enjoying the party’s support in Parliament.”

And with five other MLAs also joining the saffron party, Burman said, “We are forced to join the BJP as we found that the Congress is not serious about fighting the CPM.”

Also claiming that the 2018 assembly elections in Tripura will witness a strong fight between the BJP and the Left, CPM politburo member Prakash Karat said at an election rally on Friday, “All the earlier elections in the state were fought between the Left Front and the Congress but this time, it is a contest between the BJP and the Left Front as Congress leaders and supporters had joined the saffron party.”

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