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BJP starts selection of candidates for Tripura assembly polls

PTI | Agartala |

BJP, which aspires to topple the Left Front government in Tripura in the 2018 assembly elections, on Monday said a process for selecting the candidates for the state s sixty member assembly had been initiated.

The process for selection of candidates has been started by the parliamentary committee of the state.

"We have observed that 68 per cent of the voters are under 45 years of age, so we have decided to select 70 per cent of our candidates who have clean image and are below 45 years of age , state party President, Biplab Dev said today.

He said many senior leaders from different political parties have joined BJP during the last one year unconditionally to serve the people of the state with a strong desire to oust the Left Front Government which has been in power for the last 24 years.

But, we have made it clear to all our party members that clean image, dedication to the party, efficiency and age below 45 years are the main criteria for selection of the candidates for the election likely to be held after eight months in the state", Dev told reporters.

"We prefer young and educated candidates because they would be able to work hard and if they become ministers, they would be able to run the administration efficiently , Dev told reporters.

He said, the Left Front government under the leadership of Manik Sarkar hasdplunged into corruptions and law and order hasdvirtually collapsed in the state.

The rate of crime against women in the state is very high and more than seven lakh youths are unemployed.

Our central leadership has extended all cooperation to oust the government from power , Dev added.