Agartala: Barely a year ahead of election to the Tripura assembly, opposition CPI-M held a mega rally here on Thursday as part of its 23rd state conference scheduled to begin this evening for three days.
After losing the 2018 election and installation of BJP led government in the state, this is for the first time CPI-M organised such a gathering.
Criticising Narendra Modi led government at the centre and the Biplab Kumar Deb government in Tripura, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechuri, CPI-M politburo member Prakash Karat and Manik Sarkar called the people to come out on the street and raised resistance against the fascist attack on non-BJP supporters and ensure to reinstall Left Front government in Tripura in next year’s election.
Addressing the gathering Karat alleged that democratic institutions in the country have malfunctioned under Modi’s rule and people of India lost their fundamental right to speak and express their independent opinion. The media and leaders of the opposition parties have been implicated under sedition acts of whoever raises their voice against Modi or BJP governments anywhere in the country.
“The fundamental principles of Indian constitution have been ruined under BJP’s rule. The BJP is doing politics for spreading hatred, communal violence and creating social divide in religious lines. The economy of the country has broken down and after completion of ensuing elections to five states the price of essential commodities will be beyond control,” Karat stated.
Yechuri said that the country is in the process of a slide down; the manufacturing, agriculture and service sectors have been affected because of the faulty economic policies of the government. Instead of tackling the economy and regulating the market, the BJP is busy with its communal polarisation programme and looting out the resources.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition Manik Sarkar, however, urged the people to come together to prevent the BJP who had looted votes in the last four elections in the state and said, “The people of the state have been facing atrocities of ruling BJP in Tripura since 2018 every day and from now onwards we should unitedly raise barricade against any of such attempt and BJP should be given reply to their words and manner.”
Sarkar called upon his cadres to come out from the fear psychosis of attack and violence of BJP miscreants. The BJP leaders including the Prime Minister had misled the people of Tripura in the last assembly election and came to power by cheating.
None of the poll promises was fulfilled so far and thousands of youths were jobless, forced to involve in delinquent activities just to remain in power, he alleged. “There are crores of rupees corruption in education department, health, PWD, forest, power and rural development under the Biplab Kumar Deb government but no convincing explanation is given by the government. Law and order situation of the state has been reduced to zero – police have become puppets.
Thousands of opposition workers have not been able to stay at home and 24 CPI-M supporters were killed but no action,” Sarkar pointed out. The Chief Minister had openly warned the journalists whoever was pointing fingers at the failure of his government and afterwards as many as 40 journalists and at least five media houses were attacked by BJP goons. Nobody has given justice and still, the media is being subjugated by the ruling party leaders, ministers, MLAs and cadres, he added.