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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

Amit Shah woos Tripura voters with 7th Pay Commission as BJP aims Left bastion

Tripura is ruled by a Left-front government led by Manik Sarkar. Assembly polls in the northeastern state is likely to be held in February 2018.

india Updated: May 07, 2017 22:22 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Agartala, Hindustan Times
BJP president Amit Shah addressing a public meeting in Kumarghat, Tripura on May 7.
BJP president Amit Shah addressing a public meeting in Kumarghat, Tripura on May 7.(PTI Photo)

 Slamming the Left government for “zero development” in Tripura, BJP president Amit Shah said on Sunday his party was the only alternative for people of the state. He stressed the BJP would implement the terms of the 7th Pay Commission for government employees who are beneficiaries of 4th Pay Commission.

“Around 25% educated youth are unemployed in the state. During my stay here, some government employees told me they are getting salary according to fourth pay commission, whereas other states in the country have implemented seventh pay commission... After coming to power, the BJP, in its first cabinet, will implement seventh pay commission for government employees,” Shah said at a rally at Kumarghat, 150km from state capital Agartala, in Unakoti district.

He held chief minister Manik Sarkar’s government responsible for the fate of 10,323 teachers who lost their jobs due to faulty recruitment procedures. BJP functionaries put the crowd strength at 25,000, but police sources estimated it was around 15,000-strong.

Shah also expressed concern over Tripura’s experience of “Marxist government misrule” for 24 years and said the state had not made inroads into era of development.

“The reign of development has started in all BJP-ruled states. Tripura is left behind in this sector because of the CPM government. Such a government needs to be eradicated and if you want development, it will be possible only if the BJP is welcomed here next year,” he said.

On ponzi firms looting poor depositors, Shah said the CM should ask for a CBI probe.