AGARTALA, Dec 6 - Factionalism in Tripura BJP came out in open today when dissidents demanded a complete overhaul of the party and the State government before the party�s central observer Vinod Kumar Sonkar.
A large number of supporters of dissident State BJP leaders gathered at the State Guest House where Sonkar was interacting with party leaders and MLAs individually and aired their discontentment against the State leadership.
Over 20 dissident BJP MLAs spoke to Sonkar demanding a thorough overhaul of the party and the government.
The disgruntled party workers showered abuses and invectives at Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath, a known aide of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, forcing Nath to beat a hasty retreat.
Sonkar promised the aggrieved party workers that he would apprise the party�s Central leaders about their grievances and also suggest remedial measures.
�This is my first visit to the State as the party in-charge and I gave a fair hearing to the Chief Minister, the Ministers, the MLAs and party workers as the BJP is a party of karyakartas. I will surely convey the points raised by the karyakartas before the higher-ups,� Sonakar later told mediapersons.
�As things stand today, all is well in the party and the government,� he claimed.
Two-time Lok Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh�s Kaushambi, Sonkar arrived in Tripura on his maiden two-day visit on Saturday after his appointment as the BJP�s central observer last month.
There have been reports that a section of BJP MLAs had visited Delhi to complain against the Chief Minister Deb and �non-performance� by his government.