With the Assembly elections due in early 2018, the BJP has demanded President’s Rule in Tripura after an alleged deterioration of law and order, and serious attacks on its activists.
During a protest outside a police station, BJP State Chief Biplab Kumar Deb stated: "Several BJP followers and members have been attacked and killed by CPI-M cadres. Also, some of our party offices have been destroyed by them. The worse thing is in every incident police either remains silent or file light charges against the guilty. The BJP demands President's Rule in Tripura so that upcoming elections are held peacefully and in a fair manner.”
He further added: "In case if the Left Front stays in power, there will be more killings before the polls."
Bharatiya Janata Party activists also covered 56 of the state's 76 police stations later in the evening. The party also alleged that the Left Front Government had fully failed to maintain the law and order situation in the state."
KV Sreejesh, the Inspector General of Police, commented that the saffron party's programme to surround the police stations was peaceful. Yet we had to arrest a large number of BJP picketers who will later be released.
After the incident, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leaders came out to criticise the BJP acts. "People will subvert all the conspiracies of the BJP," promised CPI-M leader Narayan Kar.