Agartala: The CPI-M has accused the ruling BJP of forcefully bringing opposition supporters in the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s rally in Kakrabon of Udaipur in Gomati district yesterday and pressurising them to hold the BJP flag.
The allegations came soon after Chief Minister announced the joining of 2891 people from 720 families in a party rally. The CPI-M state committee member and senior leader Ratan Bhowmik alleged that BJP cadres had been threatening the people, especially opposition supporters, for the last 4-5 days to remain present in the Chief Minister’s rally and hold the BJP flag in Kakrabon.
Prior to the party rally, Chief Minister had attended the inauguration of the Synthetic Football Turf at Chandrapur in Udaipur, BJP cadres have done the same thing there too. The programme was organised by the Sports and Youth Affairs department, but the party had issued directions to the residents of surrounding areas that at least two persons from each family must attend the programme, Bhowmik alleged.
“Whether you will vote BJP or CPM is not the concern at present, now you have to join us if you want to live peacefully. If you don’t hold the BJP flag, be ready for the consequence – BJP cadres threatened the villagers openly for the last few days. Even after all efforts none of the programmes has impressive gathering and from last night attacks have resorted to people who didn’t attend,” Bhowmik stated.
He argued Chief Minister Deb had announced the joining of about 12000 people in BJP from other parties over a month in Belonia and Sabroom of South Tripura, Kailashahar of Unokoti district, Kamalasagar in Sepahijala district and last in Udaipur of Gomati. But, in none of the places the party wasn’t even able to release the list of their newcomers, which CPI-M condemned.
“Every political party has the right to hold rallies and bring people in their fold by convincing them with good works and development. The way BJP has been doing propaganda by adopting terror tactics and violence, people do not like it and it’s a dangerous trend in democracy. We are suggesting people consolidate the voice against such acts of BJP,” Bhowmik added.
Echoing the same voice, Trinamool Congress leader Ashis Lal Singh alleged that everyday people
are deserting the association of BJP and joining TMC across the state. When people started rejecting Biplab Kumar Deb for his failure, a section of his followers adopted the technique of false propaganda to save his face just to complete the tenure and confuse the people of Tripura.
“The BJP leaders and MLAs are well aware of the ground situation and the sure outcome of the 2023 assembly poll in Tripura. They thought using muscle and money power, BJP will win the elections but it is not going to happen anyway. A large number of BJP leaders and MLAs are in touch with us and in due course of time they will join TMC,” Singh claimed.