Manik Sarkar criticises BJP-IPFT govt in Tripura

Tripura Leader of Opposition and senior CPI-M leader Manik Sarkar today criticized BJP-IPFT government in the state for bulldozing the offices of opposition political parties.

The Left party had organised a three-hour-long sit in here today to protest against the demolishing of party offices and alleged anti-people activities of the government.

Seven political party and affiliated trade union offices illegally built on government land were bulldozed here on May seven. The party offices belonged to the CPI-M and the Congress.

Sarkar, who was Tripura chief minister for 20 years, said RSS and its wings have been working the state for over 40 years but the Left Front or other government by other political party did not harm them. "But now the new government has adopted a decision to dismantle all the structures of political parties to eliminate any opposition voice."

He alleged that people in Tripura are terrified at the activities of the state government. Hundreds of people were attacked after the assembly election results were declared and many party offices of the opposition parties were bulldozed and demolished.

"If this is the beginning, where is Tripura headed in the next five years?" he said at the protest.

Sarkar alleged that employment generation under MGNREGA has stopped, rural people were jobless and peoples democratc rights were attacked within two and half months of BJP-IPFT rule.

What is happening in Tripura was not supposed to take place keeping in mind of the vision document. The BJP had promised to bring HIRA (Highway/Internet/ Road/ Airway) for the state, instead the people have become jobless and are terrified of the ruling party supporters, he said.

No promise made in the vision document has been fulfilled yet, he claimed.

Sarkar said the Left Front had promised to play a constructive opposition role inside and outside the Assembly.

"If the government does good work, we will support but the Left Front will oppose if it deviates from right path. If democracy is attacked, we cant remain quiet. We will hit the street for the cause of the people," he added.


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