AGARTALA, March 5 - Union Minister Nitin Gadkari would be arriving here on Tuesday to hold a meeting with the party�s newly elected MLAs and member of party�s core committee. The meeting, aimed at reaching on a consensus on the leader of the legislators, is scheduled to be held at the State guest house at 11 pm and later the name will be forwarded to the party�s parliamentary board for final approval, said BJP vice president Subal Bhowmik at a press conference here on Monday.
�All the newly elected members of the party and members of the core committee were invited to join the all-important meeting. Union Minister for Tribal Welfare Jewel Oram will also remain present in the meeting,� he said.
�After holding the meeting, Gadkari will declare everything � the leader of legislative party, the date for the swearing-in and the guests to be present in the oath-taking ceremony,� he said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also be present at the historic moment.
Although the party has not yet decided on the selection of the leader of legislative party, there have been speculations that state party president Biplab Deb is the frontrunner for the Chief Minister�s post.
Deb, who assumed office as the state party president two years and nine months ago, won the election from the prestigious Banamalipur Assembly constituency. He has played a key role in bringing the party this far. The 46-year-old, together with party prabhari Sunil Deodhar, have accomplished what was perceived to be nearly impossible � ousting the Marxist rule in Tripura � something that no party could achieve in the last 25 years.
Bhowmik also strongly condemned the ongoing political violence in many parts of the state and accused CPI(M) elements of deliberately provoking and indulging in attacks on people.
�We have received a series of reports on the violence, and, according to the feedback that we have received, there have been 49 incidents of attacks on BJP workers and supporters and 17 party workers and cadres have sustained injuries,� he said.
According to him, altogether 49 party leaders, supporters and karyakartas were injured in 14 post-poll incidents during the past 48 hours. Of the total injured, 17 had to be admitted in hospitals.