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Hectic discussions for patch-up in Tripura BJP unit

B.L. Santhosh, national general secretary, BJP. File   | Photo Credit: H.S. MANJUNATH

BJP’s national organisation general secretary B.L. Santhosh, who arrived in Agartala on Wednesday, held hectic discussions with a cross section of leaders reportedly to work out a reconciliation between official and rebel groups. He held a closed door one-to-one meeting at the party headquarters with several leaders to understand the differences and repair the cracks, highly placed sources in the party said.

Senior leaders like Ajay Jamwal and Phanindra Nath Sharma, who also arrived to oversee organisation matters, did not join the meetings Mr. Santhosh had with MPs Pratima Bhowmik and Rebati Tripura, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman and dissident MLAs. Tripura BJP in-charge Vinod Kumar Sonkar, who was also to arrive here, had to cancel his trip owing to a family matter.

After several months, dissident MLAs like Sudip Roy Barman, Ram Prasad Paul, Ashish Das, Sushanta Choudhury and Ashish Kumar Saha went to the party office to meet Mr. Santhosh. Sources said he met the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Deputy Chief Minister, two MPs, four Ministers and the MLAs who were called in six separate groups.

Dissidents reportedly made some important demands including replacement of incumbent president Dr Manik Saha, expansion of Cabinet and certain changes in the organisation.

He also met State office bearers, morcha presidents and district committee presidents. Later in the evening, he met MLAs from the BJP’s ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) at the residence of Mr. Deb.

Party sources said the deliberations of Mr. Santhosh will continue on Thursday. He will also meet State functionaries of the RSS before his return to New Delhi.

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