BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday accused the Left Front government of Manik Sarkar in Tripura of “misrule”, alleging that the situation in the state had gone from bad to worse and asked the people to vote for the BJP in the upcoming elections to bring about a change in their lives.
“The situation in Tripura has gone from bad to worse in the last 25 years of Communist misrule. The Communists have unleashed poverty and unemployment, whenever and wherever they are in power. The people of the state are desperately looking for a change and want development, which can be delivered only by a BJP government,” Shah, who addressed two well-attended rallies at Ambassa and Udaipur in Tripura on Sunday, said.
Tripura, along with two other Northeastern states – Nagaland and Meghalaya – are heading for Assembly elections in March. While Tripura has been under Left rule since 1993, Nagaland has the Naga People’s Front (NPF) – a BJP ally – in office for the past 15 years. In Meghalaya, on the other hand, the Congress is heading a government with the support of Independents.
Shah ridiculed the Left Front government in both the rallies, saying, “The situation in Tripura has deteriorated so much that I wonder if Manik Sarkar’s government did any work at all in so many years! The countdown for Manik Sarkar has begun. Soon, BJP will form the government and fulfill the aspirations of people in Tripura.”
He particularly mentioned the problems faced by state government employees, unemployed youth, daily wage labourers and women who constitute the bulk of voters in the election-bound state. He promised that the BJP would provide salary based on the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to government employees and double the minimum daily wage for workers. “State government employees in Tripura are getting 4th Pay Commission. I promise that they will get 7th Pay Commission after formation of a BJP government here,” he said.
The BJP president also assured that once voted to power, his party’s government would double the minimum daily wage from the existing Rs 170 per day to Rs 340. “While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enhanced the minimum wage for daily labourers to Rs 340 per day across the country, the Communist government here is still giving them only Rs 170 per day. Once we form the government, you will get Rs 340 per day,” he said.
“The people of Tripura gave 25 years to our Communist brothers and 20 years to Manik Sarkar. But in return they could never give 24 hours of power supply, good healthcare, jobs for the unemployed, security for the women, right prices for farmers and a good law and order situation,” Shah said.
Asking the crowd to chant “Chalo paltai! Chalo paltai!” – BJP’s slogan for change in Tripura – Shah said his party was not just talking about changing the CM or the set of MLAs in the state. “We don’t want to just change the CM and the MLAs. What we want to do is bring about qualitative changes in the lives of people. Tripura wants change,” he said.
Hitting out at the Left Front for allegedly unleashing a series of violence against BJP workers and supporters, Shah said they were not scared of it. “Seven BJP karyakartas have been killed in the state. The vicious cycle of violence will not work as the people of Tripura have woken up and will give a befitting reply. The BJP is not scared of violence. Nor are our karyakartas and supporters. Instead, our workers and supporters are going to ensure that the lotus blooms in the debris of violence unleashed by the Communists,” he said.
Appealing to the voters to put an end to Left rule in the state, Shah said that while Communism was coming to an end across the world, the people of India have simultaneously brought Congress rule to an end in India. “Communism has ended in the whole world. The people of India have ended Congress rule too. Now, it is the time for the people of Tripura to put an end to Communist rule here and ensure an overwhelming victory for the BJP. In fact, the countdown has begun and in March, BJP will form the govt in Tripura,” he said.