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Amit Shah accuses Left cadres of ‘looting’ public funds, urges voters to throw out ‘Manik’s sarkar’ in Tripura

Amit Shah alleged the Left government don’t observe birth anniversaries of national figures such as Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore and the state’s last king, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Deb Burman, though that of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin were never missed out.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2018 19:17 IST
BJP national president Amit Shah waves at a crowd during an election campaign in Agartala, Tripura, on Sunday.
BJP national president Amit Shah waves at a crowd during an election campaign in Agartala, Tripura, on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Get rid of “Manik’s sarkar” and bring in the “lotus”, BJP president Amit Shah asked voters in Tripura on Sunday as the party pushed to topple the Left Front’s 25-year uninterrupted rule in the northeastern state that votes for a new assembly on February 18.

Shah took the battle to long-time chief minister Manik Sarkar as he urged people at a rally in a school playground, around 15 km from the state capital, to vote for the BJP’s lotus poll symbol and chanted the party’s slogan for Tripura — Chalo Paltai, meaning lets change in Bengali.

“A change is required in the state. But it will not be limited to change of government, chief minister or MLAs. It will be a change in the existing exhausted situation of the people here. And BJP is the alternative to bring a change,” the BJP chief said, pointing to the two-decade continuous rule of Sarkar, one of the longest-serving chief ministers in the country.

He asked the people to oust the Sarkar government and accused the Marxists of pocketing public money meant for development and triggering violence to stay in power.

Tripura is riddled with unemployment, low pay, a poor safety record for women, and bad healthcare infrastructure because of the long Leftist rule, he alleged.

Promising to make Tripura a model state if voted to power, the BJP president said the Narendra Modi government has sanctioned more than Rs 25,000 crore for welfare projects in Tripura.

“Vote for BJP on February 18 and let us form the government on March 3. The next day we will start implementation the Seventh Pay Commission for employees. Besides, we will provide at least one job to each family, enhance minimum wages of labourers to Rs 340, give free health insurance to BPL households and drinking water too,” Shah promised.

He also warned that the Rose Valley scam would be investigated and scamsters put in jail.

Shah drew on Tripura’s icons and alleged the Left government don’t observe birth anniversaries of national figures such as Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore and the state’s last king, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Deb Burman, though that of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin were never missed out.

“None of the national icons, including the last king, are recalled on their birth anniversaries in the Marxist-ruled state. They all would be given due honour in the BJP’s reign,” said Shah who is on a two-day visit to the state to boost the party’s campaign.

The party’s poll manifesto, called the Vision Document, promised to dedicate Agartala airport after the king and also establish a music academy after Tagore.

Union roads minister Nitin Gadkari addressed a rally in Rajnagar, nearly 120km from Agartala, on Sunday afternoon and assured Rs 11,000-crore worth of projects to build and repair roads in the state and give jobs to 200,000 people if the BJP comes to power.