A delegation of CPI (M) leaders led by Deputy Opposition leader Badal Choudhury on Saturday met Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and sought his intervention to stop alleged attacks on left party workers, party offices and efforts to “thwart contact with common people” through constant surveillance and violence.
In his address at a press conference held at CPI (M) state headquarters in Agartala, Choudhury said that over 7,000 workers of different left political parties in Tripura were rendered homeless due to large-scale political violence in the last eight months since the BJP-IPFT government came to power.
“Over 7,000 party workers are living outside Tripura due to terror of political violence. More than 300 party and frontal organization offices were demolished saying they were illegally constructed on government land. Opposition MLAs, ex-ministers are not given police security while visiting interior locations for political events. This was not the practice during Left Front era,” the eight-time legislator said.
He also said that they sought Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s help for effective administrative and political measures to make sure the Opposition party office, built on private land, could function freely. A list of 94 CPI(M) party offices built on ‘jyot’ or private land was also furnished to the CM.
The CM was also requested to provide opposition legislators and former ministers security escort during their visits outside Agartala for political events.
“We have given the CM a list of 94 party offices built on jyot land and requested him to provide our legislators and ex-ministers security escort service during tours in interior places. He has given us a patient hearing and has assured us to earnestly do all which is possible. We shall wait for one month to watch his steps,” Badal Choudhury said.
Former transport minister Manik Dey, former education minister Tapan Chakraborty and Lok Sabha MP Jitendra Chaudhury joined Badal in the deputation to Chief Minister Biplab Deb today.