Tripura: ‘Save Democracy, Choose Congress’ says Harish Rawat
AGARTALA, February 15, 2018: Launching attack on Tripura's ruling CPI-M and opposition BJP, veteran Congress leader and ex-Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat today said both parties didn't believe in Constitutional democracy and urged voters to choose Congress in coming assembly polls on February 18.
Addressing the media at Pradesh Congress Bhawan here today, Rawat said CPI-M and BJP were both non-believers in the Constitutional democracy and appealed people to choose Congress and 'save democracy'.
He said past 25 years of Left Front rule in Tripura gave no development to the people and said they did 'misrule' here. He said choosing BJP would be equally unfruitful since the party failed in all its promises across the country. Rawat accused BJP of bring in 'huge number of people from other states' in Tripura who were trying to purchase voters with 'money and muscle power'. He said BJP acted similarly in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat in the previous assembly polls.
Congress's accusations sound very similar to allegations earlier raised by the CPI-M where the party said it apprehended violence from 'large number of outsiders' who were allegedly brought in from Assam, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and other states in poll-bound Tripura. The left party had also lodged complaint with Election Commission over the issue.
Asked about BJP's allegation that Congress was acting as B-team of CPI-M in Tripura, Harish Rawat today rubbished the charges and said Congress had fought with CPI-M and will continue to do so.
He lashed out at BJP for reducing funds under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) and said the party was 'playing with fire' in the NE states that had close proximity to neighbouring nations. Tripura shares 856 km border with Bangladesh, parts of which are still unfenced. Apart from this, the NE states border with China, Bhutan and Myanmar.
Speaking on BJP's poll alliance with Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), the veteran Congress today questioned how BJP tied up with a party that officially demanded separation of the state. IPFT is a regional party that is demanding 'Tipraland' – a proposed separate state that the party wants for indigenous communities of Tripura.
Rawat said BJP-IPFT alliance was 'against interests' of common people and urged voters to choose Congress in coming polls.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader and Mahila Congress general secretary Nagma Morarji said BJP has failed to implement any of its poll promises that it made before being voted to power in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
She claimed projects like Aadhaar or rights granted through Right to Education, Right to Information etc. which were started by Congress-led UPA government actually helped people. None of the projects launched by incumbent NDA government were effective, she claimed.
(TNT-The Northeast Today news)
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