No Dissent In Party: Tripura BJP Chief Amid Reports Of Trinamool Outreach

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Amid Reports Of Trinamool Outreach, Tripura BJP Chief Says No Dissent In Party

Six Tripura MLAs met BJP chief J P Nadda last year with grievances over governance in the state.

Agartala:

Tripura BJP president Manik Saha today scotched speculation of dissidence within the party, following a two-day organisational meeting here, and said all leaders have vowed to unite and work for the benefit of the party.

He also said differences, if any, will be sorted out through discussions.

Speculation was rife that some BJP MLAs are planning to quit the party and join the Trinamool Congress, after the Mamata Banerjee-led party's landslide victory in neighbouring West Bengal.

According to sources, Trinamool leaders from Bengal, in a bid to strengthen their party in Tripura ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections, were reaching out to rebels within the BJP.

Mr Saha, however, said his "party men, in the presence of BJP national general secretary BL Santhosh and Tripura in-charge Phanindranath Sharma, have vowed to stay united".

"It was a fruitful meeting. Differences, if any, will be sorted out through talks and discussions," he said.

A group of six MLAs, led by former health minister Sudip Roy Barman, met BJP's national president J P Nadda last year and expressed grievances over the governance in the state.

Two MLAs, Ashish Kumar Saha and Ramprasad Paul, both considered close to Mr Barman, had later said that the central leadership asked them to make preparations for 2023 hustings.

Slamming the TMC for "letting loose a reign of terror" in Bengal, BJP spokesperson Subrata Chakraborty said, "People of this state are politically conscious. They know how our karyakartas have suffered in the neighbouring state. Voters here will never support that."

The Trinamool, on its part, said new activists have been joining the party ever since it came to power in Bengal earlier this year.

Asish Lal Sinha, the state unit president of the Trinamool, however, clarified that he "doesn't know of any BJP MLA expressing interest to join the party".

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