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Rajnath Singh says lotus will bloom in Tripura, slams Manik Sarkar govt for poverty

Rajnath Singh called for ‘rooting out’ the ‘corrupt’ Left Front government in Tripura which goes to the polls on February 18.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2018 19:54 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh addresses a gathering an election rally in Agartala on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Left Front government in Tripura for underdevelopment in the state despite being in power for over two decades.

On campaign trail in Tripura where assembly elections are scheduled for February 18, Singh slammed the Manik Sarkar government for unemployment, poverty, poor law and order and inadequate power supply in the northeastern state and appealed to the public to throw out the ‘corrupt Left Front government’ and vote for the BJP.

“I now have no doubt that the corrupt Left Front government will be rooted out in the Assembly polls,” he said at a public rally at the Basic Training college ground. “Lotus blooms in mud. The CPI(M) government, with its scams and corrupt practices over the last 25 years, has set the stage for the blooming of the lotus,” he said.

The Left Front has been in power since 1993 while Manik Sarkar has been the chief minister since 1998.

“No government requires 25 years to usher development in any state. But in Tripura, there are many people who cannot afford a bicycle worth of Rs. 1000. One should look at Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand for good governance. People in the country could experience good governance only under BJP regime. So, I appeal to them to give chance to BJP this time to see beginning of development era in all sectors,” Singh said.

A total of 297 candidates are in the fray for the elections to the 60-member legislative assembly.

Praising the two term of NDA rule in the country – one under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and another incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh said that people have seen era of development only under the NDA’s rule.

He said significant work for development of northeastern region was done under the stewardship of former Prime Minister Vajpayee.

“Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region, initiated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was established for the progress of the northeast. Introduction of Tripura Sundari Express train to connect Tripura with New Delhi, launching of Rajdhani Express, bus-service from Agartala to Kolkata via Dhaka were done only with the initiative of BJP. India has emerged as the country for its fastest growing economy only under Narendra Modi’s regime. No other party in the country except BJP thought for welfare of the country especially northeast,” the Union minister said.

He also referred to the murder of two journalists in the state recently and said that if BJP forms the government, it would hand over the investigation to the CBI.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 19:45 IST