Agartala: The opposition Congress trained its guns onPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday during his visit to theNortheastern state, accusing him of cheating the people of Tripura bynot fulfilling any of his promises, which had been made during thelast assembly elections.
Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee Spokesperson Prashanta Bhattacharjee alleged that the Modi government took seven years to finish the projects sanctioned by the then UPA government but shamelessly claimed the full credit of success.
Before the assembly elections, the Prime Minister and BJP leaders hadpromised to set up Special Economic Zones in the State for sectorslike food processing, Bamboo, IT and Textiles but after four years, itwas still in the process and nothing had happened except for “talltalk”.
“They had promised to provide free smartphones to youths, employmentto every household, free education for women till graduation,implement the recommendation of 7th central pay commission forgovernment employees, set up a degree college in each of the state’s60 Assembly constituencies, and an adequate number of multi-specialtyhospitals including an AIIMS-like hospital in Tripura. But none ofthese have happened yet,’ Bhattacharjee alleged.
“The BJP had taken the people’s vote with the promise to make alogistic hub here for transportation of goods to the Northeast andmake Tripura a hub for tourism and education. But today that hasremained only a dream for the people of Tripura. Instead, the BJP-ledgovernment made the state a desert of development and brought theculture of arrogance and vendetta politics,” he claimed.
He alleged that the BJP promised an investigation into the scams ofnon-banking financial institutions including the Rose Valley scam andpunish athose found guilty, and construction of a CBI inquiry to bookthe culprits in the killing of two Journalists – Shantanu Bhowmik andSudip Datta Bhowmik – but these have all remained “mere promises”.
The Prime Minister had canvassed for the BJP promising to hike allmonthly social pensions to Rs 2000, the minimum wage including MGNREGAto Rs 340 and to ensure at least 200 days work but “nothing hashappened” and poverty has only increased during Chief Minister BiplabDeb’s regime in Tripura, he added.