CITU Rally: Manik Sarkar, Jitendra Chowdhury calls for oust BJP to restore democracy in Tripura
Through a clarion call to the people of the state to oust the BJP government in ensuing assembly elections, opposition leader and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said time has come to put a stop on the miserable lives of state’s people by ensuring their voting rights.
Addressing a massive rally of the CITU here at Astable ground on Sunday, opposition leader Sarkar said that by confusing a section of people through BJP’s vision document in 2018 they formed the government, but within months, the people of the state understood the betrayal politics of BJP.
After the passing of 58 months, the condition of people deteriorated and now they are ready for a united fight against oppression and violent politics of the ruling party. Though he appealed to the people for a united fight, but did not utter any word over possible alliance of the party with Congress and with a regional political party.
Referring 58th months long electoral malpractices in the BJP government, Sarkar said that all the elections held under this regime from Loksabha, Panchayat, Civic polls and even by-elections to four assembly constituencies had been rigged and they made all elections into farce.
The democracy and rule of law have disappeared from Tripura and there is no law of the rulers prevailing in the state, said Sarkar and added that it is now the people's struggle to restore democracy and rule of law and constitution in this state.
He asserted that before the 2018 assembly election the BJP had misled people with false promises like jobs in every household, regularization of all contingent and DRW employees and others but only 20% of the 299 tall promises made by them have been fulfilled. He also attributed the worsening unemployment problem in the state and country to the wrong policies of the BJP government in Centre and state.
The Prime Minister and Home Minister during their state visits never spoke about resolving the growing unemployment problem; where jobs in every household are and where are jobs by missed call, asked Sarkar.
He also referred to the issue of the retrenched 10,323 teachers saying the BJP had promised in their ‘Vision Document’ that they would resolve the problem from a humanitarian point of view but nothing has been done. Both BJP government’s Chief Ministers of the state promised to solve their problem but they have not honoured their commitments; in fact when the unfortunate retrenched teachers tried to meet them they set police and paramilitary forces upon them and drove them away; what can be more inhuman and unfortunate” asked Sarkar and added that only Left Front can solve the issue of retrenched 10, 323 teachers.
He also slammed the BJP government for the financial crunch situation at ADC and deprived policies for tribal populations. Referring to the commitments made in the vision document, Sarkar also criticized the ruling BJP for their fake promises over OBC reservation in Tripura and what they did so far to fulfill their promises?
Urging the Election Commission of India (ECI) for free and fair elections, Sarkar said that the ECI should ensure that all government machinery including police and security forces should play their constitutional duties impartially to protect the democratic rights of voting.
He once again appealed to the people to be ready for a united fight against BJP and urged people to cast their votes by moving in groups towards all polling stations to protect their voting rights.
He called upon them to rise in protest and prepare themselves to get rid of the BJP from the state in the next assembly election to retain their democratic, legal and constitutional rights as well as to ensure development of the state in a transparent manner.
While addressing the mass rally, CPI(M) state secretary Jitendra Chowdhury alleged that the government has failed on all fronts and only betrayed people with lies and false promises.
He said that BJP has no moral right to approach people for votes as during their 58 month rule, they made the prosperous Tripura into a backward state of the country and totally collapsed the rural economy.
The previous Left Front governments through its developmental activities established Tripura- a peaceful and developing state of the country, but after BJP created the government, they snatched the smile from the faces of people and established chaos and a reign of terror and corruption.
The developmental funds meant for the poor people are being looted and diverted to the pockets of BJP leaders, resulting in the unemployment rate of the state reaching its peak, said Chowdhury.
He said that people of the state must come forward to protect democracy, their legal and constitutional rights by defeating BJP in the ensuing assembly elections.
During the rally CITU’s state president Manik Dey, Secretary Sankar Prasad Datta and women leader Panchali Bhattacharjee addressed their gathering and urged people to defeat BJP by abolishing all fear and fighting the terror politics of ruling party.