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Sonia attacks Left in Tripura

The Congress chief tells the people of Tripura to defeat the CPI(M) in coming Assembly elections and vote her party’s alliance to power, reports Syed Sajjad Ali.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2008 02:24 IST
Syed Sajjad Ali

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday told the people of Tripura to defeat the CPI(M) in coming Assembly elections and vote her party’s alliance to power.

Sonia’s rallies in the north Tripura town of Dharmanagar and Agartala were attended by thousands on Monday.

The crowds cheered when she said some people with vested interests had floated rumours that the Congress was not making an effort against the Left in the elections. “This is untrue, untrue, untrue,” she shouted in Hindi.

The Congress chief had recently visited Kerala that is also Left-ruled state.

Top party leaders and officials, like heavy industries minister Santosh Mohan Deb, Minister of State in PMO Prithviraj Chavan and Vijay Handik, attended the rallies.

Sonia asked the crowds how long could they tolerate the “failures” of the present government. Women and children were victims of atrocities in Tripura, there was gross discrimination in government jobs, she said.

The UPA government had sanctioned adequate funds, but some Rs 500 crore remained unspent, Sonia said.

Road expansion activities in 200 villages were not implemented, workers had not got their share and 5 lakh youths were unemployed in state, she added.

Sonia assured that if voted to power, the Congress’s INPT alliance would do all-round work, including implementation of tribal and minority welfare schemes.

She added schemes for the downtrodden and women would get attention.