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How BJP Has Driven Itself Into A Mess In Tripura And Risks Losing The Plot To Mamata Banerjee In State

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The BJP has driven itself into a mess in Tripura. And that has allowed an aggressive Trinamool Congress to hog the limelight and lay down a damaging narrative that casts the saffron party in a poor light.

In its zeal to beat the Trinamool with the same stick that it has been getting beaten with in Bengal, the BJP in Tripura adopted an aggressive stance against the Trinamool in order to thwart Mamata Banerjee’s attempts to get a foothold in the tiny northeastern state.

The BJP in Tripura has been combative over the past few months in denying the Trinamool any political space. Of course, the BJP does not stand accused of killing, maiming, raping and assaulting Trinamool workers and supporters, or driving them away from their homes, like the Trinamool has done to BJP workers in Bengal. Even so, the Trinamool has succeeded in casting itself as a victim, albeit a defiant one, in Tripura.

The BJP in Tripura has been ham-handed in its approach towards the Trinamool, which declared its intent to foray into the northeastern state after its landslide victory in the Assembly elections in Bengal.

Despite deploying considerable resources and manpower, including many of its top-rung leaders and even Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, the Trinamool could not make much of an impact in Tripura initially. It could only induct some inconsequential politicians from the Congress and gather together a bunch of rejects from other parties. The BJP, which is in an unassailable position in Tripura, should have simply sat by and watched the Trinamool expend its resources in that state. The Trinamool did not pose even a minimal threat to the saffron party initially.

But instead of doing that, the BJP went on the offensive against the Trinamool and, in the process, overplayed its hand. The BJP’s aggression towards the Trinamool helped the latter to not only cast itself as the victim, but also craft a narrative that the BJP is scared of it (the Trinamool) in that state.

The Trinamool, thus, not only gained public sympathy as a victim of BJP’s strong-arm tactics in Tripura, but also managed to occupy a substantial segment of the opposition space in that state.

What the BJP also miscalculated was the response of the people of the state to political violence. Unlike Bengal where violence has been an integral part of the political landscape since the early 1970s when the communists were on the rise, such violence is not the norm in Tripura.

Yes, the long rule of the CPI(M) in Tripura was marked by sporadic violence and intimidation of opposition cadres and supporters. But that has mostly been low-key and isolated. Tripura had also witnessed a lot of violence over two decades of tribal insurgency since the 1990s.

That chapter of tribal insurgency and counter-insurgency is like a nightmare for the people of Tripura and its memories evoke feelings of fear and loathing. The recent political violence in the state brought back memories of those dark decades.

And that is why many in Tripura have started developing antipathy towards the BJP for taking their state down that road. Political violence is largely alien to Tripura and the people of the state are angry with the BJP for introducing this culture to the state.

That is why the rebel BJP legislator Sudip Roy Burman’s against political violence (he blamed some BJP leaders, including chief minister Biplab Deb for it) has evoked wide endorsement from even the man on the street.

Privately, some BJP leaders agree that aggression against the Trinamool was quite unnecessary and that the BJP’s public image has suffered.

The BJP has also been indiscreet in dealing with the Trinamool in Tripura.

The repeated denial of permission to Trinamool leaders to hold rallies and roadshows, and the recent arrest of Trinamool youth leader Saayoni Ghosh, were completely unnecessary.

All this helped the Trinamool craft a narrative that the BJP is scared of the Trinamool’s growing clout in Tripura. This narrative, which is gaining ground, has led to the Trinamool slowly winning the perception battle in Tripura.

The BJP would have been well-advised to leave the Trinamool to its own devices in Tripura and sit back and watch Mamata Banerjee falter there. Not doing so has cost the party considerable political capital and helped the Trinamool by default.

There’s a valuable lesson that the BJP needs to learn from here. And that is Mamata Banerjee’s, and her party’s, response to BJP’s aggression in Tripura. Trinamool upped the ante against the BJP and did exactly what the BJP shied away from or failed to do during the post-poll violence in Bengal.

Top Trinamool leaders rushed to Tripura to stand beside party workers and local functionaries. The Trinamool took the judicial route and approached the Supreme Court. That garnered a lot of publicity for the party.

Simultaneously, Trinamool MPs created a din in New Delhi and even staged a dharna in front of North Block (housing the MHA) before the Union Home Minister relented and granted them an appointment where they complained against the minor cuts and cruises Trinamool workers suffered in Tripura.

There is no record of Amit Shah reminding the Trinamool MPs who met him at his residence Monday afternoon about the horrific violence–murders, rapes etc—perpetrated by the Trinamool on BJP workers and supporters in Bengal. Shah ought to have reminded the Trinamool MPs that compared to the bloodshed in Bengal, the incidents in Tripura are not even worth a mention.

And after that, the BJP ought to have made public such a reprimand by the Union Home Minister. That would have shifted the focus on violence against BJP workers in Bengal and forced a comparison between the minor incidents in Tripura and the persecution of BJP workers in Bengal. And that would have put the Trinamool on the defensive.

Failure to do so has worked to the Trinamool’s advantage and only emboldened Mamata Banerjee and her party. They now know that the BJP will cower before their aggression and that when it comes to a fight, the saffron party cannot muster the requisite resolve and courage to meet the Trinamool challenge.

This is not to say that the BJP will not fare well in Thursday’s civic polls in Tripura. The saffron party has already won 112 of the 334 seats in 13 municipal bodies, six nagar panchayats and the 51 wards of the Agartala Municipal Corporation uncontested.

The BJP is expected to win a majority of 222 seats where elections will be held Thursday. But that should not lull the party into complacence. Far from being dejected by a defeat, the Trinamool is sure to get more aggressive in Tripura.

The BJP needs to immediately put its house in order and not only tackle dissidence, but also concentrate on development. The performance of the Biplab Deb government in the state has been lacklustre and many election promises remain unfulfilled. Deb is perceived to be inept and a political greenhorn with a propensity to put his foot in his mouth.

The BJP needs to ask Deb to buckle up and deliver, and stop from making ludicrous statements. At the same time, the BJP should resist the urge to act aggressively towards the Trinamool because doing so would only provide the much-needed publicity to Mamata Banerjee’s party.

The BJP needs to play its cards discreetly and with a lot of finesse in Tripura. Its success, or failure, to do so will dictate the outcome of the Assembly elections in that state 15 months from now.

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Former President Donald Trump’s super PAC is hosting its largest fundraiser to date this week.

The Make America Great Again, Again super PAC event on Thursday, Dec. 2, will be held at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources in Trump world tell Fox News to expect some of the biggest GOP donors from across the country to attend the function.

The super PAC is steered by former Florida state Attorney General Pam Biondi, who defended the former president at his first Senate impeachment trial. But Trump’s adding to the group’s leadership. Ric Grenell and Matt Whitaker, who served as acting national intelligence director and acting attorney general during the Trump administration, respectively, are joining the super PAC’s board of directors.

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The beefing up of the former president’s super PAC follows his move to expand his staff at his Save America political action committee, which recently brought on board longtime Trump aide Lynne Patton in a political coalitions building role. 

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting about reducing gun violence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials, and others included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral nominee Eric Adams, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chicago Police Chief David Brown, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima and Community-Based Public Safety Collective Co-Founder Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting about reducing gun violence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials, and others included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral nominee Eric Adams, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chicago Police Chief David Brown, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima and Community-Based Public Safety Collective Co-Founder Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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Thanks in part to an aggressive push of text messages, emails, campaign style events and even ads, Trump’s been a fundraising juggernaut this year. His three main fundraising operations, which include Save America, reported over $100 million cash on hand as of the end of July, which was the most recent filing period for the groups.

The brisk fundraising and the expansion of his political operations come as Trump continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP politics heading into the 2022 midterm elections and repeatedly flirts with making another White House run in 2024.

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For the first time, Trump’s political operation commissioned a poll in a hypothetical 2024 matchup between the former president and President Biden.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The survey was conducted in five key battleground states where Biden edged Trump in last year’s election to win the White House. It suggests Trump leading Biden by single digits in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania and by double digits in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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The survey was conducted by veteran Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, who polled for Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory and his 2020 reelection defeat. Besides the top line numbers in the horse race, Fabrizio pointed to the “wide chasm that currently exists” between Trump’s recalled job approval and Biden’s currently job approval. He told Fox News Trump’s advantage “is staggering given we are only 10 months into Biden’s presidency.”

The poll, which appears to be another sign that Trump’s gearing up for another presidential bid, was first reported by Politico.

Biden’s 2024 ‘intention’

In the wake of plenty of speculation the past month on whether President Biden will run for reelection in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that “that’s his intention.”

Psaki’s comments seemed to confirm reports that the president has been telling advisers and staff that he plans to run for a second four-year term steering the country.

Biden hands a service member a challenge coin as he greets members of the Coast Guard at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., Nov. 25, 2021.  

Biden hands a service member a challenge coin as he greets members of the Coast Guard at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., Nov. 25, 2021.  
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Biden, who turned 79 last weekend, made history last November when he became the oldest person ever elected president. If he campaigns for reelection in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 at his second inauguration and 86 at the end of his second term.

Asked in March at the first formal news conference of his presidency about his 2024 plans, Biden said, “My answer is yes. I plan on running for reelection. That’s my expectation.”

And Democratic sources tell Fox News the president repeated that message during a virtual fundraiser earlier this month.

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A day ahead of his birthday, the president told reporters, “I feel great,” after undergoing the first of his annual physical exams at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Nothing has changed. We’re in good shape,” Biden said.

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Bangalore: Bodies of two Covid-19 victims discovered in ESI hospital a year after death

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Bodies of two Covid-19 victims were located a year after their deaths in the mortuary of the ESI hospital in Bengaluru.

Rajajinagar police said the victims have been identified as Durga and Muniraju.

A senior police officer said the bodies were kept in the cold storage of the mortuary a year ago and a new mortuary building had started functioning in the meantime. “On Saturday, when the housekeeping staff went to clean the old mortuary, they sensed a foul smell and later discovered these two bodies,” he said.

The police have shifted the bodies to the Victoria hospital for autopsy and are trying to trace the family members of the deceased.

The police officer said the hospital staff told them that the family members of many victims hesitated in collecting the bodies. “These two bodies remained in the freezer as the hospital staff got busy dealing with too many Covid-19 cases in successive months,” the officer added.
He said the family members of the deceased will be traced by Monday and the bodies will be cremated after receiving their permission. “The two deaths might have occurred in October last year but we are awaiting confirmation from the hospital,” the officer said.

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