North East

BJP reorganising before assembly polls in NE

Agartala, Sep 11 (UNI): The nomination of Biplab Kumar Deb as Rajya Sabha candidate and the change of guard in a key organisational post in Tripura are seemingly part of the BJP’s strategy to reduce intra-party squabbles in the North East ahead of the Assembly elections to three states early next year.

Apart from Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland would also go to the hustings, in what could be a dress rehearsal before 2024 general elections.

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According to highly placed BJP sources, a couple of senior and dedicated leaders of the party from the North East, including one from Tripura, are likely to be appointed as governors soon to accommodate some new faces and defuse factional fights.

As part of the move, the BJP parliamentary committee nominated former Tripura Chief Minister Deb as the party candidate for the upcoming by-poll to the state’s sole Rajya Sabha seat, which has fallen vacant following the resignation of Manik Saha after he was made the chief minister.

The by-poll is slated for September 22.

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