The Assembly election results in Tripura, which paved the way for the arrival of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power and ouster of Manik Sarkar-led Left Front after two decades, has started showing the wave of change in the northeastern state.
A video released by news agency ANI shows the statue of Vladimir Lenin at Belonia College Square in a Tripura town being taken down by a bulldozer. The statue was reportedly bulldozed on Monday.
The status was taken down a day after Manik Sarkar resigned as the Chief Minister of Tripura following CPM’s defeat in the Assembly elections.
The BJP decimated the CPI-M in Tripura – one of the last remaining Left bastions, ousting the party from power after 25 long years.
Pulling off a historic victory, the BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal-dominated party, together won 43 out of 59 Tripura constituencies. The BJP on its own won 35 seats, four more than the half-way mark, while its ally IPFT won eight seats. In a remarkable performance, the alliance swept all the 20 seats reserved for tribals.
The BJP, which had no MLAs in the outgoing Assembly and polled just 1.5 percent votes in the 2013 elections, losing deposits in 49 of the 50 constituencies it contested, secured over 42 percent of votes in the February 18, 2018, Tripura elections.
The CPI-M which headed the ruling Left Front was reduced to just 15 seats – down from 50 in the last elections. None of its partners, including the CPI, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party, could open their account.
The Congress, which had 10 members in the outgoing Assembly, drew a blank this time.
The saffron outfit was a virtual political non-entity all these years in the tiny state, where it had drawn a blank in terms of seats and secured only 1.5 percent of votes in the Assembly polls five years back.